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Assessment Matters

HOLY INNOCENTS’ HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENT INFORMATION KIT 2017 (Semester 1)

The school’s Assessment Policy guides the design and administration of assessment practices in the school. It defines the assessment standards, practices and guidelines to support students’ learning and development.

Rationale for Assessment

Assessment is a key process which the school uses to support students’ holistic learning and development. The purpose of assessment in HIHS is to:
  • improve a student’s learning through providing relevant and timely feedback through a description of his/her performance in relation to a goal or a set of known standards, criteria and learning outcomes; 
  • evaluate a student’s performance under a standardised setting, which could then be used for a variety of purposes, including placement at subsequent levels and conferring achievement awards; and
  • provide feedback to teachers on the effectiveness their teaching practices and possible future steps as follow-up, in order to guide students to bridge the learning gaps.

Modes of Assessment

Assessment is an integral process to student’s holistic development and learning. The school employs various assessment modes – both formative and summative – to progressively support the student’s attainment of the Personal Qualities (PQs) in three dimensions of character, namely Performance, Ethic and Service, which covers both the learning in academic and co-curricular areas.

Assessment of Academic Learning
The school uses different formal assessment modes to help students develop their content and skills progressively. This allows the students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways, and the results are formally reported under the CA or SA components. Examples of such assessment modes include:
  • Pen-and-paper tests;
  • Coursework;
  • Project work and other alternative modes of assessment;
  • Oral and listening comprehension examinations (for languages); and
  • All other official modes of formal assessment prescribed by MOE in the different syllabuses.
Assessment for Learning in Character & Citizenship Education (CCE)
As part of helping our students develop in the area of CCE, the school adopts a three-pronged tool: student self-reflection, peer feedback and teacher observations. These tools will be employed throughout the different learning experiences in CCE and the Good Samaritan Programme (GSP) learning experiences the students have throughout the semester, including level camps, Values-in-Action (VIA) and Education & Career Guidance (ECG) opportunities, and leadership training. This approach allows a student to receive feedback of the PQs that he/she has demonstrated, highlighting his/her areas of strength and also areas for further development and improvement.

Assessment of Physical Education (PE) and Co-Curricular Activities (CCA)
The Assessment of PE Excellence (APEX), proficiency tests and rubrics are used in assessment in PE. Students take proficiency tests for different sports they learn in PE lessons, and are graded using the APEX tool. These results are reflected in the student’s report card at the end of every semester. Students’ participation and achievement in CCA are also assessed and awarded using the LEAPS 2.0 system. The CCA points awarded under LEAPS 2.0 may help students in various post-secondary education exercises.
Assessment Feedback & Reports Results and holistic feedback are reported as follows:
  • Progress Reports (end of Term 1 and Term 3) 
    • Academic Learning – as part of CA results; 
    • Feedback based on Peer Evaluation and Self-Reflection Tools.
  • Semestral Reports (after Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations respectively) 
    • CA and SA results for academic learning; 
    • Holistic Development Profile and CCE Self-Reflection Tool.
Weightings for Continual & Semestral Assessments

Level

CA1

SA1

CA2

SA2

Secondary 1 & 2

(Express & Normal Academic)

English, Mother Tongue, Mathematics, Science, Literature

15%

25%

15%

45%

Geography, History (Modular)

CA (35%)

SA (65%)

Art, Design & Technology, Food and Consumer Education

(Modular)

CA (100%)

Secondary 1 & 2

(Normal Technical)

English, Mother Tongue, Mathematics, Science

20%

20%

20%

40%

Computer Applications

30%

10%

15%

45%

Art, Design & Technology, Food and Consumer Education

(Modular)

CA (100%)

Secondary 3

(Express & Normal Academic)

All Subjects

15%

25%

15%

45%

Secondary 3

(Normal Technical)

All Subjects

20%

20%

20%

40%

Computer Applications

10.5%

19.5%

20.3%

49.7%

Graduating Classes

All Subjects

0%

100%

0%

100%


Assessment Feedback & Reports
The school takes a serious stance of absences for tests and examinations. Students who are absent for a paper must submit valid documentation to account for their absence, such as a medical certificate from a MOH-registered doctor. Medical certificates issued by Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners will not be accepted. Likewise, letters from parents will not be accepted unless due to reasons such as bereavement in the family, which is to be accompanied by valid documentation. Students who do not submit valid documentation will be given zero marks for the paper they have missed.   
In line with national examinations, no re-taking of test and examination due to absences is allowed.  This is to ensure fairness to all students who have attempted the assessments at the scheduled date and time.   
The table below details the awarding of marks for absentees:

With Valid Documentation Submitted

Without Valid Documentation Submitted

Result of paper will be reflected as “Valid Reason (VR)” or “Absent with MC (MC)”

Result will be reflected as “Absent without Reason (AB)” which equates to zero marks being awarded.

Computation of subject total will not take into account consideration of the paper with “VR” or “MC”.

OR

Computation of subject total will be reflected as “VR” if absence was for key paper within the subject.

Computation of subject total will include paper(s) with “AB” (i.e. Zero marks).

To safeguard the well-being of all students sitting for tests and examinations, the school seeks the cooperation of parents and guardians to have your child/ward remain at home if he/she is unwell. This would also ensure that the student’s results are not negatively impacted due to his/her illness during the test or examination. The student should see a doctor to get a medical certificate and submit it to the form teacher immediately upon his/her return to school, to facilitate the processing of results.   

Student Conduct 
All students are expected to uphold the highest standards of conduct during tests and examinations. These are set out on page 16 of the Student Diary. Students should be mindful that they play a part in ensuring a conducive environment is in place for all students to do their best during tests and examinations. Any act that places a student’s integrity in question during tests and examinations will be treated as discipline issues.   

Support from Parents/ Guardians
Parents/ Guardians are key collaborators with the school in supporting their child/ ward’s learning and progress through guiding and monitoring at home. This is set out in the Home School Collaboration Protocol found via the school’s website. The assessment plans for the first semester are also found on the school’s website to assist parents/ guardians in the monitoring efforts.  

Reminders To Students 
It is important to keep track of your learning and development in the academic and non-academic areas through organising and managing your time well. Here are some points to note: 
  • Keep track of your assignments and tests using organisational tools such as your student’s diary, personal calendars and web tools such as those provided via your GAFE accounts;
  • Take ownership of your learning and have the courage to seek clarification from your teachers when in doubt;
  • Prioritise and balance your time and effort across the appropriate learning activities such as academic learning and homework, CCAs, Values-In-Action opportunities and other competitions;
  • Reflect on your behaviour in school and at home, so that you can further develop your character;
  • Make time to spend with your family and loved ones, and to have short breaks in between time spent on studies;
  • Form study groups with friends and classmates who will help you to stay focused and support you in your learning efforts; and
  • Check and ensure that your assignments are completed and submitted timely, with good effort put into their completion.          
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Mr Yap Wai Meng 
Principal 
Holy Innocents’ High School 
February 2017