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  Assessment Policy
A. Satisfactory Completion of a Semester (S or N)
In order to achieve satisfactory completion for each Area of Study, students must satisfy the coursework requirements by completing all assessment tasks.
Satisfactory completion of an Area of Study is evidenced in the following ways:
• class attendance and preparation
• on-going active participation in class and group discussion
• completion of oral and written tasks
To achieve satisfactory outcomes the student must:
• produce work that meets the required standard
• submit work on time
• submit work that is clearly his own (see ‘plagiarism / cheating’ below).
• observe the school rules.
Where a student has not satisfied assessment task requirements, he will receive an NA for the assessment task.
• The student may redeem the NA by sitting one or more written tasks under teacher supervision during the end-of-semester exam period.
• To avoid authentication issues, completing tasks at home or outside of teacher supervision is not an option.
• See also section 3 below.
B. Assessment Task Policy
1.  When assessment tasks are due:
All assessment tasks are due by the set dates.
All assessment tasks are mainly undertaken in class and submitted on the specified date. Work that has not been mainly undertaken in class and authenticated by the class teacher will not be permitted for final submission.
2.  Students who are absent when an assessment task is due:
Students who know they will be absent when an assessment is due as a result of a prolonged illness or a significant co-curricular activity must inform their Class teacher well before the scheduled due date, or may forfeit his eligibility for redemption. Students must present a written explanation signed by their parent /guardian or by the teacher in charge of the activity, to their subject teacher. Where it is not feasible to notify the class teacher about a valid absence in advance of the assessment date(s) the student must request alternative arrangements within 48 hours of returning to school.
Where a student is absent due to circumstances beyond his control, the can redeem his assessment task by contacting his Class Teacher, or in the case of the teacher's absence, his Year Level Coordinator, either on the day of his absence, within 48 hours of his absence or upon immediate return to school. The student must provide written evidence such as a medical certificate.
3.  Students who not complete and/or submit an assessment task:
Where a student, for whatever reason, does not complete all parts of the task, or does not submit an assessment task, he receives 0 marks and NA will be entered in the semester report for the Area of Study outcome.
The student's parent / guardian and the Level Co-ordinator are informed.
The student will be provided with every opportunity to re-do and/or submit the assessment task. However it will not be assessed and will be recorded as NA* ("work has been redeemed") on his semester report.
In some cases, a supplementary task may be set if the teacher feels there may be issues with authentication if the same task is undertaken.
C.  Plagiarism / Cheating
Plagiarism or heating includes any unauthorised use of materials, prepared essays, and notes.
Plagiarism also includes using and/or copying another student's or person's work, essays, study notes, resources (including tutors' and on-line resources).
4.3 Cheating includes unauthorised corrections or improvements made or dictated by another person.
Cheating also includes any student passing on information regarding assessment topics or tasks to a student in another class.
Any student found plagiarising or cheating will be awarded zero (0) marks for the task and may receive an N for the Unit.
Plagiarism and cheating is not tolerated and students are immediately reported to their Level Co-ordinator.
Any student found plagiarising or cheating will be awarded zero (0) marks for the assessment task.
The student will be given the opportunity to complete a supplementary task in order to redeem the NA. NA* will be recorded on his semester report
Students are reminded of the School's policy on "Intellectual Theft / Plagarism".
D. Assesment and Recording Level of achievement
5.1 Rubric Assessment
Students are regularly assessed against task-specific rubrics (which are accessed on-line; print copies of rubrics are also attached to student work). Each rubric comprehensively describes the level of knowledge and skill development on a five point scale:
• Proficient
• Competent
• Progressing
• Foundational
• Not Demonstrated
Rubrics are completed on-line which, in addition to the assessment tasks, include additional rubrics such as formative assessment that advises on progress,  as well as learning work habits.
5.3 Rubrics are published on-line for parents / guardians to access each term (minimum of one task per term). These rubrics specifically relate to the assessment task undertaken each term.

Graded Assessment
At the end of each semester, graded assessment tasks are published on-line.
Grades range from A+ (highest possible level of achievement) to E (lowest level of achievement).

5.5 Other codes used for graded assessment are:
UG The work is ‘Ungraded’. It is lower than E and is deemed below standard.
NA The work is ‘Not Assessed’ because the Assessment Task was not undertaken or not submitted, or the examination was not undertaken, or there was a problem with authentication.
NA* No grade is awarded because the Assessment Task has either been redeemed, submitted late, or the student has been ill, or there have been extenuating circumstances.
E. Support from Student Learning Co-ordinators
SLCs will chase up students with NAs and students can redeem these and receive NA* in which case they will qualify for the MHS Diploma. If students do not redeem NAs then they do not receive the MHS Diploma. Students with multiple BS and/or NA results will be targeted by SLCs.
SLCs will use their discretion with particular students with difficulties and they will decide which students need to have a study skills course or appropriate sanctions. Students will still have a week (or two weeks if at Millgrove) to redeem NA results. If students do not redeem work, then they accept the consequences of not qualifying for the MHS Diploma and that they may be unable to do a VCE Units 3 & 4 in year 11.
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