Formal and Informal Assessments

Formal and Informal Assessments

Assessment is a vital part of curriculum design and the teaching /learning process.

Informal testing which may take place in the classroom is designed to give students feedback on their progress in a particular unit of study as well as to help teachers determine whether learning is taking place as a result of their teaching strategies.

Formal assessment is used in reporting to parents via the Assessment Feedback Letters (AFLs) and end of Semester Reports.  Formal assessment can take many forms including practical assessments, in-class tests, investigations, research assignments/ reports and formal examinations.

Students receive an AFL after each piece of formal assessment in their Core Subjects. 

A formal Semester Report is given after the examination period at the end of each Semester. Students will receive an Australian Standards Report as well as a School Report for streamed Core Subjects.

All assessment tasks should comply with the principles of assessment:


Assessment should provide valid information on the actual ideas, processes and products expected of students.


Assessment should make a positive contribution to the student learning process.


Assessment criteria should be explicit so that students are aware of the expectations of the assessment.  These expectations should be clear and public.


Assessment should be fair to all students and not discriminate on grounds that may be irrelevant to a student’s achievement of the outcome.


Assessment types must be varied so that a judgement on student progress and achievement is based on multiple kinds and sources of evidence.