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Assessment Policy - Intersen Phases


1.    Definitions

1.1    Formative Assessment refers to the tasks and activities completed during the course of the term or year.

1.2    Summative Assessment refers to the writing of formal tests and examinations during the term or the year.

1.3    CASS refers to Continuous Assessment. This form of assessment is ongoing and is undertaken throughout the academic
year.

1.4    Assessment Task refers to an assessment that is designed to assess a range of skills and competencies through varied
activities that a learner needs to complete.

1.5    Assessment Standard describes the minimum level at which a learner should demonstrate the achievement of a Learning
Outcome. Assessment Standards are grade specific.

1.6    Recording Sheet means a record of learner performance in formally assessed activities and set tests.

1.7    Progression Schedule means a quarterly report of learner performance in Formative and Summative Assessments.

1.8    Report refers to the formal reporting of a learner’s quarterly summative and formative progress in assessments
completed as well as a learner’s personal development during the course of a term.

2.   Formative Assessment

2.1    Consists of set tasks with a range of activities for every task.
2.2    Number of tasks to be completed during the term is stipulated in The National Policy on Assessment and Qualifications
for Schools (2007). National Policy is as follows:

Number of Formal Recorded Tasks for Grades 4 – 6

Learning Area    Term 1    Term 2    Term 3    Term 4    Total
First Language         2            2            2             2            8
Additional Lang        2            2            2             2            8
Mathematics            2            2            2             2            8
Natural Sciences       1            2            1             2            6
Social Sciences         1            2            1             2            6
Technology             1            1            1             1            4
Economics               1            1            1             1            4
Life Orientation        1            1            1             1            4
Arts and Culture       1            1            1             1            4

Number of Formal Recorded Tasks for Grade 7

Learning Area    Term 1    Term 2    Term 3    Term 4    Total
First Language          3           2             3            2         10
Additional Lang         2           2             2            2          8
Mathematics             3           3             3            3         12
Natural Sciences        2           2             2            2          8
Social Sciences          2           2             2            2          8
Technology              1           1             1            1          4
Economics                1           1             1            1          4
Life Orientation         1           1             1            1          4
Arts and Culture        1           1             1            1          4

2.3    Activities for tasks should expose the learner to a wide range of skills and competencies.
2.4    Minimum number of activities for a task is two.
2.5    Activities must satisfy the assessment standards of the Learning Area and aim towards achieving the desired Learning
Outcome of the Learning Area.
2.6    Tasks and activities completed by a learner will collectively form part of a learner’s CASS mark.
2.7     Learner achievement in activities and tasks will be reported to parents on a quarterly basis.
2.8     Formative Assessments will be combined with Summative Assessments to calculate the final percentage achieved for a
Learning Area.

3.    Summative Assessment

3.1    Consists of all forms of formal testing and includes all class tests and examinations.
3.2    A class test can form an activity for a set task.
3.3    An examination can be considered a task due to the volume of work examined and the mark allocation.
3.4    Combined to Formative Assessment (CASS) when calculating learner’s final percentage for a Learning Area.
3.5    Summative Assessment total may not exceed 50% of the final total for a Learning Area.
3.6    Two formal examinations will be written during the course of the academic year; one in June and another in November.

4.    Recording of Assessment

4.1    Recording is done on a standardized recording sheet.
4.2    Formative and Summative Assessments are recorded onto the same recording sheet.
4.3    Recording is done for activities completed during the term as part of a set task.
4.4    Assessment of individual activities is recorded in the form of marks.
4.5    The final percentage for a Learning Area will be calculated by adding up the marks for all the activities and then
converting the total to a percentage.
4.6     Recording sheet must reflect the following information: Learning Area being assessed, Class being assessed, Learner
names and surnames, Learning Outcome addressed by each activity, Date of assessment, mark allocation for each
activity, Names of tasks and activities being formally assessed.
4.7     Recording of assessment may be completed electronically.
4.8     All information on the recording sheet must be typed in.
4.9     Backing up and storage of data is the educator’s responsibility.

5.    Promotion and Progression Requirements

5.1    Intermediate Phase – at least a code rating of 3 for any 3 Learning Areas, one of which must be English First Language.
A code rating of at least 2 for any 3 additional Learning Areas, one of which must be Mathematics. The 3 remaining
Learning Ares can have any code rating.

5.2    Senior Phase – at least a code rating of 4 for any 3 Learning Areas, one of which must be English First Language. A
code rating of at least 3 for any additional Learning Areas, one of which must be Mathematics. The three remaining
Learning Areas can have any code rating.

6.    Progression Schedules

6.1    Completed quarterly, once at the end of every term.
6.2    Reflects the percentages and corresponding codes for every Learning Area.
6.3    Codes for percentages are acquired by consulting the National Coding framework as prescribed in the National Policy
on Assessment and Qualifications.
6.4    National Codes are as follows:

Codes and percentages for recording and reporting Grades 4 – 6

Codes          Description of Competence                  Percentage
4                Outstanding/ Excellent Achievement    70% - 100%
3                Satisfactory Achievement                   50% - 69%
2                Partial Achievement                           35% - 49%
1                Not Achieved                                     1% - 34%

Codes and percentages for recording and reporting Grade 7

Codes         Description of Competence                  Percentage

7               Outstanding Achievement                    80% - 100%
6               Meritorious Achievement                      70% - 79%
5               Substantial Achievement                      60% - 69%
4               Adequate Achievement                       50% - 59%
3               Moderate Achievement                        40% - 49%
2               Elementary Achievement                      30% - 39%
1               Not Achieved                                      0% - 29%

6.5      Percentages for the Learning Areas are transferred to the Progression Schedule from the recording sheet.
6.6      Progression Schedules are completed electronically during the academic year and a hard copy is printed at the end of
the fourth term.
6.7      Codes and percentages on the Progression Schedule will be used to determine if a learner is ready to progress to the
next grade or not.
6.8      The Learning Area percentage and code for each term will not be added and averaged at the end of the academic
year.
6.9      The educator will use his/her professional judgment, based on the performance of the learner across the entire
academic year to indicate an overall Learning Area code for the year.
6.10    All information on the Progression Schedule must be typed in.
6.11    The following terminology must be used when completing the progression Schedule in the fourth term.

•    RP        Learner is ready to progress to the next grade
•    NRP      Learner is not ready to progress

6.12      Learners are no longer permitted to progress with support.

7.    Reporting of Assessment

7.1    Parents will receive an academic report at the end of every term.
7.2    The final percentage for the report will be calculated by adding and converting all the marks received for activities to a
final percentage for the term.
7.3    The learner’s code for each Learning Area will be reflected next to the final percentage for the term.
7.4    Termly reports will also report on the Personal Development of the learner during the term.
7.5    Reports will contain a personalized comment for every learner.
7.6    Once a term parents will be given the opportunity to discuss the assessment results with the class educator or Learning
Area educator.