CHAMPION COLUMN | What do reports really tell us?

Beth Godwin, columnist.
Beth Godwin, columnist.

As 2019 ended yearly school reports gave feedback on assessments and academic progress. Marks and grades backed up with comments indicated commitment to learning and behavioural progress. A conversation with teachers and parents with the student answers the question about achieving personal best. Another is around meeting students' expectations and whether they're happy with their results. This leads to setting goals for 2020.

90 per cent attendance is 20 days absent. In 13 years it's over a year's lost learning!

BETH GODWIN, Principal, Cabramatta High School

Reports give attendance details. A 90 per cent attendance is considered good; 90 per cent in anything sounds high. But in real terms, there were 20 days absent. Over 13 years that's 260 days, or one and a third years of lost learning! An 80 per cent attendance means 40 days absent or eight weeks learning lost in a year, greatly affecting learning. Food for thought for overseas holidays in school time.

Reports indicate social and citizenship development. Lids for Kids saw Cabramatta High collect plastic bottle-tops to be recycled into artificial limbs for Third World kids. We knitted for the elderly and raised funds for those in need. Leadership and team activities join with academic pursuits to create learning.

The success of a school year is a combination of many things. School reports provide an opportunity for a rich discussion about the year before they're put in the drawer. I hope your discussions were fruitful.