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Assessments, Standards & Marking

Reporting responsibility of the mentor teacher

Mentor teachers will report on a pre-service teacher’s performance by completing an interim report and final report. These reports will be sent to you from your pre-service teacher’s online tutor.

Interim report

The interim report is returned to your pre-service teacher’s online tutor on day 10 of the placement. This is where you assess the progress against each Domain of Teaching. At this point if you have any concerns or would like to clarify anything please do not hesitate to contact your pre-service teacher’s online tutor. They will be able to assist you in completing the interim report and form a plan of action if required.

Final report

On the final day of placement, the final report is to be completed by you. The final report assesses the level achieved against each of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate). With the final report, a 1, 2, or 3 needs to be placed beside each standard. This will indicate the level achieved. Please note, any 0 or N/A grade beside any standard will be deemed a fail of the placement. If you feel a 0 or N/A is required, please contact your pre-service teacher’s online tutor prior so they can assist you with this.
Please be sure to give a signed copy of both these reports to your pre-service teacher for their records.

Standards of Assessment

The students are assessed against seven AITSL standards for graduate teachers https://www.aitsl.edu.au/teach/standards
The Standards let our pre-service teachers know what they should be aiming to achieve at every stage of their career. This will support improved practice inside and outside of the classroom. Each of these key standards has a number of different focus areas within them and are introduced at various stages throughout each placement. The standards which are being assessed are clearly outlined in the Pre-service Teachers Final Report.

  • Standard 1: Know the students and how they learn
  • Standard 2: Know the content and how to teach it
  • Standard 3: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
  • Standard 4: Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
  • Standard 5: Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
  • Standard 6: Engage in professional learning
  • Standard 7: Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community

The standards which are being assessed are clearly outlined in the Pre-service Teachers Professional Experience Assessment Report.

Final Report Grading

Final Report – Level Achieved against each of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate)

For each of the standards, Pre-service Teachers will be assessed as:

  • 0 Not demonstrated: The student has not demonstrated the professional standard at a relevant level. If a Pre-service Teacher is awarded a 0 for any of the standards they must receive an UNSATISFACTORY overall result.
  • 1 Demonstrated: Occasionally the student has been able to demonstrate the professional standard at a relevant level, albeit occasionally. It is accepted that Pre-service Teachers enrolled in EDU10001, EDU20006 and EDU60015 may mostly reflect this level in their Interim and final assessments.
  • 2 Demonstrated regularly: The student has demonstrated the professional standard regularly during their professional experience. It is accepted that Pre-service Teachers enrolled in EDU30003, EDU30015 and EDU70012 may mostly reflect this level in their Interim and final assessments.
  • 3 Demonstrated consistently: The student has consistently demonstrated the Professional standard throughout their professional experience. It is accepted that Pre-service Teachers enrolled in EDU40005, EDU40006, EDU40012 and EDU80015 may mostly reflect this level in their Interim and final assessments.

In contrast, a zero indicates a cause for concern and that intervention is needed. If this is raised at the halfway-point of the pre-service teacher placement, then we will put in place a support plan (link).

Please be aware that only Levels 0-3 can be indicated on a Professional Experience Assessment Report. Any other mark or result (including N/A) is invalid and will result in a student failing the placement.

Giving Constructive Feedback

Receiving constructive feedback on planning and delivery of lessons is an essential part of the pre-service teacher development.  You can obviously give your feedback face-to-face throughout the placement, however there is a comments section that has also been included on the Assessment Report. We encourage you to fill this section out as it provides a really useful record for the student’s future planning/goal setting.

Relevant National and/or state or Territory curriculum

Students at Swinburne Online use the Australian National Curriculum.  Whilst the implementation of all key learning areas is being phased in across all states, it is expected that the students use the National Curriculum where applicable and refer to the local states syllabus for any other areas.