Annandale Christian College’s assessment policies reflect the requirement that students are expected to complete all assignments and exams set in all of their subjects. Students and parents should familiarise themselves with either the Junior Secondary Assessment Policy (Yrs7-10) or the Senior Secondary Assessment Policy (Yrs 11-12). These documents are available from the Secondary Office or the College’s website on this page.
A student is deemed to have met the due date by submitting by 12.00pm midnight (2400 hours) on the advertised due date.
Annandale Christian College is required to adhere to QCAA policies for gathering evidence of student achievement on or before the due date. Due dates for final responses, checkpoints and drafts will be published in the assessment schedule. All students will be provided with their assessment schedule by the end of Week 3.
Students are responsible for:
• recording due dates in their diaries
• planning and managing their time to meet the due dates
• informing the school as soon as possible if they have concerns about assessment load and meeting due dates.
In cases where students are unable to meet a due date (due to sickness or misadventure), they will:
• inform the Head of Secondary and classroom teacher as soon as possible
• provide the school with relevant documentation, e.g. medical certificate, and complete an Assignment Extension Request form (available from the Secondary Office and below)
• adhere to alternative arrangements for submission of assessment, if applicable, as decided by the school.
For students in Years 11 & 12, the QCAA requires a report that includes the following details:
- the illness, condition or event (including details of a diagnosis, where applicable)
- date of diagnosis, onset or occurrence
- symptoms, treatment or course of action related to the condition or event
- explanation of the probable effect of the illness, condition or event on the student’s participation in the assessment
- for non-medical claims, written evidence from a relevant independent professional or other independent third party, such as a police report
Copies of the QCAA medical report template for doctors, the Assignment Extension Request form and other supporting documentation are available from the Secondary Office and the College’s website on this page.
In Years 11 & 12 students are NOT eligible for extensions to due dates if there is a known reason for an absence that is a matter of the student’s or parent’s/carer’s own choosing (e.g. family holidays), and the student will be absent on the day the assessment is due. In those cases, the school can only make the decision to:
• for examinations — offer a comparable examination before the due date; or
• for non-examinations — require students to submit/present the assessment before the due date.
Examples of these situations may include:
• district, regional, state or national representation for sport e.g. athletics, touch
• district, regional, state or national representation for cultural activities e.g. ballet, debate
If a student is not present on the day that the assignment is due without an adequate excuse (chiefly of a medical nature), then their draft copy or the evidence available on their school drive is what the teacher will mark. For students in Years 7-10, if there is not sufficient draft evidence to support a reasonable attempt at meeting the assignment guidelines, then the student will be withdrawn from class and made to produce an acceptable response to the task immediately on returning to school. For Years 11-12, a ‘Not-Rated’ (NR) must be entered in the Student Management system by the date published in the QCAA SEP calendar. In circumstances where a student response is judged as NR, the student will not meet the requirements for that subject.
Drafting of Student Assignments (written and non-written) work
Teachers and other participants in the teaching and learning process play a significant role in the drafting of student assessment responses. It is important to make the distinction between feedback given as part of the teaching and learning process and structured feedback given as part of developing an assessment response.
The purpose of viewing student drafts is to provide students with feedback so that improvements can be made to the response. Drafting is a consultation process, not a marking process.
The college has developed a Drafting Policy to make it clear to students, parents and teachers, expectations around drafting and draft feedback in line with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. The policy is available on this page and covers areas such as:
- What a draft is
- What sort of feedback is provided
- Rules around draft submission and feedback
- Suggested drafting strategies.