SA Catholic schools get report choice approval

Having sent A-E reports to all parents last semester, teachers in South Australian Catholic schools will now have the option to prepare "equivalent statements" for end-of-year reports, following Federal Government approval.

"This means that teachers of the primary years 1 to 7 can either use the A, B, C, D or E to indicate a student's achievement level, or they can use the equivalent text descriptor," Catholic Education South Australia acting director, Vin Thomas, said, according to an Advertiser report.

"This will give schools and teachers flexibility in the ways in which student outcomes and standards are reported."

State schools and some independent schools already have approval for equivalent statements such as "Excellent Achievement: beyond what is expected at this level" rather than grades.

About 47,000 students attend 106 Catholic schools in South Australia.

Independent Education Union president Glen Seidel said there had been a "fair bit of angst" from teachers about their educational value of the "plain English" reports and preparation time before Catholic schools implemented the reports in Term 2.

"If principals continued and finally got the system settled down - they got through the acrimony - they may not promote (alternatives) as a viable option," he said.

Federation of Catholic School Parent Communities in SA, Ann Bliss, said there had been no "backlash" from parents. "I didn't get the sense it was causing too much of a storm," she said.

Flexible marking option for teachers (Adelaide Now, 7/11/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Catholic Education South Australia
Federal of Catholic School Parent Communities

Two-tier grading system no impact on Catholic schools (CathNews, 27/9/06)
New A-E marking system not fair: Vic independent teachers (CathNews, 28/8/06)
A-E report confusion in Victoria (CathNews, 26/7/06)
Catholic parents favour A-to-E school reports (CathNews 20/6/06)

7 Nov 2006