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Lower School Assessment Policy

Lower School Assessment Policy

Years 7, 8 and 9 Assessment Policy


As a student, your specific responsibilities in relation to assessment in all subjects are to:

  • complete all written, verbal and practical work requirements by the due date.
  • complete all assessment tasks as outlined by the teacher. Failure to complete tasks as required and on time, may affect your final grade.
  • maintain a good record of attendance, behaviour and progress in each of your subjects.
  • talk to your teacher about missed assessments, extensions and other issues regarding the assessment program.
  • maintain a positive working relationship with your teachers and fellow students.


1.0       Missed Assessment 

       1.1      General

Credit cannot be given for work not completed or class time not experienced.

If students are absent for any period and do not complete the required work, the final result may be considerably reduced.

Absences may result in students not satisfactorily meeting the requirements of the educational and assessment program of a subject and a much lower level of achievement may be the result.


       1.2.         Deadlines for Changing Subjects in Lower School

Students are able to discuss a change of subjects where a legitimate reason can be provided. These changes should be discussed with the relevant Deputy Principal.

Deadlines will be reasonably set to ensure sufficient opportunities for success.


      1.3         Absence from Scheduled Class Assessment Tasks

Teachers will give prior notice of all assessments to be conducted during class time. Absence from such assessments is considered significant. Students will be permitted to complete missed assessments (or an alternative assessment) where one of the following provides a legitimate reason for a student’s absence during a scheduled assessment:

  • Medical Certificate
  • Phone call / email / letter from parents


     1.4         Absence When an Assessment Is Due

Students, or parent/caregiver, are required to contact the subject teacher in circumstances where the student will be absent on the date an assessment is due. The teacher will consider the circumstances and negotiate for the assessment to be submitted on time by alternate means or for the assessment to be submitted at the next available opportunity.


     1.5         Repeated Absence Related To Assessment

Where a teacher considers that repeated absences have affected the completion or timely submission of assessment tasks, one or more of the following actions may be taken:

  • penalties for lateness may be applied.
  • a Medical Certificate (for illness) may be requested to explain each repeated absence.
  • where applicable, a letter from parents may be requested explaining the circumstances of the absence.

a parent meeting may be requested to discuss the detrimental effect of repeated absences on assessments and how the school can be of support.


      1.6          Absence due to family holiday

While family time is very valuable, it is important to stress that taking children out of school for family holidays reduces the amount of time available for learning and is detrimental to their education.

Where a student will be absent from scheduled assessments due to family holiday:

  • In line with Department of Education guidelines parents are required to seek Principal authorisation at least two weeks prior to holiday departure
  • The student must negotiate to complete and submit the assessment prior to holiday departure or email the assessment to the teacher by the due date.
  • Where the assessment is an invigilated task (conducted in class) the student must negotiate an alternate date within 5 school days prior to date of the scheduled assessment.
  • Assessments cannot be rescheduled upon return.
  • Where an assessment is unable to be undertaken or submitted by the due date the student may be allocated 0.
  • Decisions to accommodate alternate arrangements will be determined on an individual basis by the subject teacher and relevant Deputy Principal Lower School.

1.7         Extended Absence

The school is not able to maintain a teaching and assessment program for students if they plan to be absent for lengthy periods. Teachers will normally provide “catch up” work for short periods of absence.

2.0   Late Assessment

This section relates specifically to circumstances where a student has been present for an assessment but will not/has not submitted the assessment by the due date.

2.1         Negotiation of Changes in Assessment Deadlines

Where possible, subject teachers will attempt to negotiate assessment deadlines – taking into consideration general student workload, the extent of the assessment, and other circumstances as deemed appropriate.

If a student feels that they are unlikely to be able to submit/complete an assessment by the due date, they should immediately discuss the matter with their subject teacher. Where appropriate, this discussion should take place at least one week prior to the due date.

Specifically, students should not attempt to negotiate extension of a due date for an assessment on the day that the assessment is due.

Where the subject teacher considers that an appropriate reason for an extension has been provided and appropriate progress on the assessment has been achieved, the teacher may grant an extension. When discussing an extension of an assessment deadline with a subject teacher, students are required to provide evidence of progress made thus far.

     2.2         Late or Unsubmitted Work

It is the students’ responsibility to seek extensions BEFORE the due date as outlined above. These will normally be given for sickness and other genuine reasons. Without an approved extension, a penalty for late work will be applied. Teachers will provide and discuss their subject’s assessment outline including due dates.

If work is submitted late without an approved extension, a 10% per day reduction of the student’s awarded mark will occur up to 3 days, after which no mark will be awarded (a weekend is considered as one day).

If the work is not submitted a mark cannot be awarded which may severely affect a student’s overall grade.

3.0      Breaches of Assessment Protocol

3.1         Cheating

Cheating is regarded as an action which provides an unfair advantage in the completion of an assessment. Actions regarded as cheating include, but are not limited to:

  • Gaining a copy of an assessment prior to its release for completion.
  • Gaining information about an assessment which may provide an unfair advantage.
  • Talking during a silent assessment (tests and examinations).
  • Using mobile phones or other telecommunications and/or information technology not approved for use during an assessment.
  • Presenting a response to an assessment which is not your own work.
  • If students are shown to have cheated in any assessed work or in examinations they will receive no credit for that assessment.

    3.2       Plagiarism

Work that is not a student’s own but is presented as such will not be accepted. The submission of work that is not a student’s own in a subject will result in no credit for that assessment.

 3.2.1      Referencing

All student responses to assessment tasks that contain the work of others must be correctly referenced. Further, a Bibliography must be provided where a range of texts and resources have been used for information if this is a requirement of the assessment task. Teachers will support students in establishing correct processes regarding referencing.

4.0      Appeals

  4.1       Appeals Relating To Individual Assessments Items

A student may appeal in circumstances where they consider that an assessment has not been fairly considered in relation to an assessment. Such appeals should occur within seven (7) days of the return of the assessment to the student.  Appeals should be directed to the teacher in the first instance and then to the Head of Learning Area should a satisfactory resolution not be reached.

       4.2         Appeals Relating To Assessment of a Subject

You may appeal against the assessment of a subject if you have grounds to believe that:

  • School guidelines have not been followed.
  • Published assessment outlines have not been provided or followed.
  • Errors in the level of achievement allocated by the teacher have occurred.
  • Applications for appeal in these circumstances are available from the subject Head of Learning Area.

5.0      Students with a Recognised Disability

Lesmurdie Senior High School is committed to the principles of inclusive schooling and the legal framework surrounding the equitable treatment of people with recognised disabilities. Students finding it difficult to complete the requirements of any subject should immediately discuss this with their teacher and then, if need, the Deputy Principal. Teachers will be guided by Individual Education Plans or other documented evidence.