Information sources teachers should
use when writing report comments
• Teachers should have a number of sources from which
they can derive information on each student to support the
comments that are made on each report.
• The most commonly used sources of information are:
– examples of student work
– test results
– student portfolios
– formal and informal student observations.
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Use plain language
• use jargon-free language in reports to parents
• select language that is easily understood by the
school community
• avoid professional terminology.
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Example of plain language
• Sara can work out the meaning from the context when
listening for main ideas in an Arabic text.
• Sara can maintain a simple conversation using a range
of vocabulary and expressions within a given topic.
• When reading simple texts Sara can identify specific
information.
• Sara can create and write simple passages using known
language structures in Arabic and using Arabic script.
• Sara needs to further develop her creative writing of
Arabic.
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Activity
• In the participants’ notes refer to
the comment starters and choose
two student profiles.
• With the group at your table or in
a pair write a comment on each
student using the comment
starters as a guide only.
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Use evidence in comments
• Base judgements of student achievement
of syllabus outcomes on quality evidence.
• Written comments about areas of
strengths and areas for further
development should be based on the
evidence that led to the overall judgment.
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Focus on key aspects
• Identify those aspects of achievement that
are the most important.
• Select the most important aspects of the
student’s achievement and areas for
improvement.
• Make links between the areas of
achievement specific to languages, student
strengths and areas for further development.
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Comment structure
• Identify areas of strength and areas for further
development in the language.
• Focus specifically on achievement against syllabus
standards.
• Avoid comments that only relate to a student’s task
completion or other issues unrelated to
achievement.
• Provide a clear picture of necessary next steps for
the student.
• Avoid predictions.
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General Comment
• Report comments should be written in a
positive tone. There is always something
positive to say about a student.
• Use the information from the Other School
Activities, Commitment to Learning, and
Social Development grids to elaborate on
and construct the general comment.
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Report writing checklist
Report Area
Actions to complete
Languages Comments
Identifies areas of strength in the language
Identifies areas for further development in the language
Comments focus on the most important aspects
General Comment
Written in a positive tone
Expands on ‘Other School Activities’, ‘Commitment to Learning’ and ‘Social Development’
Other School Activities
Recorded
Commitment to Learning
Recorded
Social Development
Recorded
Overall
Report is written in clear, plain language
No repetition of comments
Comment matches overall achievement and effort
Absences
Signed
Self Editing
Spelling
Grammar
Punctuation
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Completed
Where to from here?
• The DET website
http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au
• BOS ARC website
http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au
• DET new reporting for teachers and parents
http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/ti
metoteach/newreporting/prim_intro.htm
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Activity
• Read the French COGS unit on Being Australian for
Stage 2. Focus on the planned assessment.
• In pairs or threes create an assessment notification
using the proforma in the booklet.
• Questions to consider:
• What outcomes do you want to achieve?
• What grade/mark would you allocate to this task?
• What will the criteria be and what will the students
be required to do?
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