Assessments

Assessments

CrawfordSchoolsTM has a panel of professional educators who constantly evaluate examinations written by the CrawfordSchoolsTM candidates.

Assessment is a process of gathering valid and reliable information about the performance of the student on an ongoing basis, against clearly defined criteria.  We use a variety of methods, tools, techniques and contexts, recording the findings, reflecting and reporting by giving positive, supportive and motivational feedback to students and parents.

The general aim of assessing students is for growth, development and support.  The purpose of assessment is to monitor a student’s progress so that decisions can be made about the best way to facilitate further learning in terms of expected knowledge, skills, attitudes and values.

Various tools are used for assessment.  They include self-assessment, interviews, group assessment, observation and portfolio work.  Examinations are one of the methods used to assess a student’s progress, allowing also for national and international benchmarking of Crawford students.  While students are taught study methods for such formal assessments, they are also taught to work co-operatively in a range of less formal areas, such as shared research, observation and reporting.

The following benchmark examinations are offered:

National Senior Certificate as offered by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB)

VCAA (Equivalence Examination)

GAT (General Achievement Test)

ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments)

 

National Senior Certificate as offered by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB):

Grade 12 students write the Senior Certificate examination as their final Matric examination.  On application at Universities in South Africa, the academic criteria for entrance are based on the symbols achieved by the student in this examination.

The IEB is accredited by Umalusi.  Umalusi is the quality assurance body in South Africa who moderates examinations, marking procedures and issues the National Senior Certificate.

 

International benchmarking

The Victorian Certificate of Equivalence (VCAA)

Although a proudly South African institution, CrawfordSchools™ believe in the importance of measuring our students’ performance against credible international standards. In September, Crawford students write what is commonly known as the ‘VCAA’S’. These examinations are set in partnership with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority Body based in Melbourne.

The VCAA examinations acknowledge equivalence to the standards and assessment approaches of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, where emphasis is placed on the application and transfer of knowledge rather than the acquisition of content. These results affirm the importance of problem solving and higher order thinking in the world today.

The VCAA’S do not in themselves stand as an admission to universities. They benchmark our students against an international standard of excellence.

 

The General Achievement Test (GAT)

The General Achievement Test is a test of general knowledge and skills in written communication, mathematics, science and technology, humanities, the arts and social sciences taken by all students prior to completing their VCAA examinations.

All Crawford Grade 12 students write the test on an assigned date (concurrent with students across the world) before they start their VCAA/Prelim examinations.

It consists of 70 multiple choice questions on two categories:  Arts/Humanities and Science/Mathematics.  There are also two writing tasks to be completed.

The student is issued with a comprehensive report. Furthermore, the student is ranked in terms of performance against the full cohort of Australian and Pacific Ring candidates.

The GAT is an important part of the VCAA assessment procedures and plays an important role in checking that a school’s assessments and examinations have been accurately assessed.

 

International Competitions and Assessments( ICAS)

Crawford students from Grade 3 to 12 have the opportunity to write the Australasian School’s Competitions which are marketed nationally under the ICAS umbrella.  The competitions are constructed by the Educational Testing Centre of the University of New South Wales in Australia.  The tests, which are used extensively throughout Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Italy, China and India, are conducted in English, Mathematics and Science.  It is compulsory for Crawford students in Grades 4, 6, 8 and 10 to write the Mathematics and English tests, thereby benchmarking the schools internally every year.  The costs of these examinations are included in the school fees.

The reporting system of the tests is exceptionally comprehensive.  Each student receives a certificate of achievement and a comprehensive report on their performance.  Medals are awarded to the top performer, nationally, in every subject.