2020 has been a year of learning
in the way that we implement our teaching and learning processes at Rostrevor College. Thankfully, we
had already planned to introduce our new online learning platform, SEQTA, which is designed to allow our
learners to have greater clarity about the learning and assessment goals and receive timely feedback to
influence their point of need learning.
This ongoing form of assessment was based on the
Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) that questioned the role of the traditional end of
semester school report after finding most provide little indication of students' learning growth and are
increasingly becoming superseded by newer communication technologies that allow for continuous reporting.
here to read the ACER article. Professor John Hattie had also conducted some meta research that looked
at the indicators of teaching and learning which provided the greatest increase in student outcomes. An
overview of the results can be viewed here.
"Traditional semester reports require significant time and resourcing to produce and, by the time
parents receive them, the information is often outdated and un-actionable," Dr Hollingsworth stated in
the ACER report. The report recommended that schools investigate continuous forms of reporting as one
means of streamlining communications to parents and caregivers.
SEQTA allows you and your son/s
to achieve feedback in real time learning closer to the point of assessment. It allows our learners to
reflect on what is working well, what can be improved and the focus of the next steps in the learning
We have asked our teachers to provide greater clarity of assessment and detailed feedback
at this point of need learning so that the boys can immediately act on this, rather than waiting for the
end of semester report.
What does this mean for our Rostrevor community? The end of semester
reports will look a little different to previous versions. They will provide a snapshot of how your son
is achieving against the Australian Curriculum or SACE outcomes.