Lake Illawarra High School

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Assessment Policy

Assessment Policy

Lake Illawarra High School will ensure that curriculum and assessment requirements meet those set by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Department of Education. 

Assessment that enhances learning and recognises that learners use their current ability to discover, develop and incorporate new knowledge, understanding and skills. Assessment for learning helps teachers and students to know if that current understanding is a suitable basis for future learning. 

Assessment is an integral part of the teaching-learning cycle and provides useful information to students, parents and teachers
on the breadth and depth of the students’ understanding.

Below are our Assessment Policy's:


Our teachers use a variety of strategies to assess student learning.

Teachers observe students' work in class and look closely at tasks throughout the year. They also formally assess a student's achievement based on the outcomes described in the syllabus of the subject.

As a parent or carer, you’ll receive a written report twice a year. It gives you a clear picture of your child’s achievements – what they know and can do.

In Years 7 to 10, we use the common grade scale in reporting. In Year 11, we use the Preliminary grade scale.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are assessed on achievement of competencies.


We provide detailed information to students about what we expect from them throughout the year and how their work will be assessed. Students have a number of formal assessments throughout their schooling.