Information for Students and Parents
Term Assessment Overviews
Term Assessment Overviews will be issued by each department at the start of week 2 of each term. Students use this to plan their work load. Term Assessment Overviews are to be copied or glued into the student’s pad/folder. Term Assessment Overviews are published on the school website to assist with the completion of all assessment by the required date during the Term.
1. Assignment work is a vital part of student learning and assessment.
2. Students are expected to complete all assignments in every subject by the due date. Results will be adversely affected through failure to complete all assessment. In Year 11 and 12, marks, course credit performance and/or OUAC eligibility may be adversely affected if all assignments are not completed.
3. Assignments must be worked on systematically over a period of time to produce the best possible results.
4. Students will be given an appropriate period of time to complete an assignment (this would usually be at least 2 weeks’ notice). The amount of time students are given to complete a task will be commensurate with its complexity.
5. Due dates are set so that teachers can make timely judgments about students’ achievements at a particular stage of the course of study.
6. Tasks must be presented on the due date unless there are exceptional circumstances. Each situation will be judged on its merit and extensions are not automatically granted.
7. Where there are exams for the subject, due dates for assignments must be at least one week before the start of any formal exam period.
8. Assignments are to be submitted to the subject teacher during class hours.
9. Plagiarism is the action or practice of taking and using as one’s own the thoughts or writings of another without appropriate acknowledgement. Plagiarism is a serious issue of academic misconduct and, as such any part of an assignment which is deemed to have been plagiarized will be discounted and the result for the assignment will be based on the portion of the assignment which is deemed to be the work of the student. Consequently, the reduction in word length and information relating to the assignment topic would
mean that the student would not meet the criteria on a number of levels and would be likely, in most cases, to earn a D or E for the assignment.
10. Students are encouraged to use computers but that computer/printer/email problems will not be accepted as an excuse for late submission.
11. All assignments (Grade 9 to 12) will have a cover sheet that outlines topic, conditions, due date, criteria and any other relevant information.
12. Students who fail to submit an assignment by the date indicated will have their parent/guardian contacted. Contact will include a phone call and a letter or email sent home by the class teacher within three school days of failing to submit the assignment.
14. If a student submits a draft of the assignment after the draft due date, the teacher may only be able to provide limited feedback to the student.
15. If a Grade 11 and 12 student is absent on the due date for an assignment, a medical certificate is required in order to satisfy certification requirements. If no medical certificate is produced, the relevant Teacher in consultation with the school Principal has the discretion to accept the assignment – the Teacher will document the reasons and consult AHS policy.
16. If a Grade 5 – 10 student is absent on the due date for an assignment, a medical certificate or contact from home (parent phone call/letter/email) is required. The decision on whether to accept the late assignment lies with the Teacher in consultation with the school Principal.
17. When a draft or the final assignment is not submitted by the due date, the class teacher will be responsible for follow up strategies and apply the standard school procedures.
All assignments must be presented by the due dates unless there are exceptional circumstances that are covered by the following provisions.
I. Request for Extension – can only be granted by the school Principal or Teacher prior to the due date. If the reason for extension is due to illness, students in Grade 11 and 12 will be required to supply a medical certificate. Students requesting an extension must complete a request in writing by completing the “Application for Special Consideration for Assessment” and send it to the class teacher at least 1 day before the due date of the
II. Absence on due date, due to illness – Grade 11 and 12 students must produce a medical certificate or written documentation from the parent (acceptable to the Teacher in consultation with the school Principal). Alternatively the assignment must be delivered to the teacher on the new due date. The student and/or parents should, if possible, contact the school to notify them of the circumstances on the day. Grade 5 to 10 students must produce documentary evidence to the class teacher of being absent, including the reason.
III. Absence on due date, due to special circumstances – eg. Bereavement. Parents should contact the teacher directly to explain the circumstances.
_ Failure to complete an assignment means that course requirements for that subject are not complete and a rating may not be given.
_ When an assignment is submitted after the due date (unless a decision to accept the assignment has been approved), credit will be given only for work seen in the draft by a teacher on or before the due date.
_ Failure to complete assignments may result in a student failing to gain credit for that semester. For Grade 11 and 12 students, this may affect his/her marks, Credit performance and/or OUAC eligibility.
Deferred Examination or Extension of Time to Complete a Set Task
_ A student may apply to sit for a deferred examination or request an extension of time if, for medical or compassionate reasons or in other circumstances beyond the student’s control, he or she was unable to sit for the examination, or complete the assessment.
_ An “Application for Special Consideration for Assessment” , including documentation must be made to the Teacher as soon as practicable and not later than one week after the due date.
_ A deferred examination may be refused at the school Principal’s discretion.
_ Normally, deferred examinations are not granted to candidates who misread examination timetables.
Special Consideration of Factors Affecting Performance
_ Candidates who consider that their performance in an examination or other assessment task was adversely affected by illness, disability, bereavement, or other exceptional circumstances beyond their control, may apply to the School Principal through the Guidance Officer for special consideration.
_ An “Application for Special Consideration for Assessment”, including the documentation (eg medical certificate) must be lodged as soon as practicable and not later than one week after the due date.