Blackburn High School follows the Victorian Curriculum Standards guidelines for assessment of students in Years 7–10. Assessment of VCE students follows the guidelines set by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).
All reports to parents are accessible online via our parent information portal, Compass School Manager.


There are two types of reports.

Interim Report

Parents will receive an Interim Report at the end of Term1 and Term 3. The purpose of the Interim Report is to provide parents with up-to-date information on the progress of their child in the following areas:

  • Achievement
  • Completion of Set Tasks
  • Effort
  • Behaviour.

These reports will also alert parents as to whether an Interview at the Student Progress Conferences is recommended or required.

Semester Reports

Parents will receive  a Semester Report at the end of Term 2 and Term 4.  The purpose of the Semester Report is to provide parents with the following information:

  • Learning Task Ratings on Common Assessment Tasks for 7-10 Reports.
  • Tasks are assessed on an  A+ to E rating.
  • For VCE reports, parents will be notified of the Outcomes, the child’s progress in relation to School Assessed Coursework or School Assessed Tasks as well as whether the students have received an “S” for Satisfactory and “N” for Not Satisfactory to meet the Outcomes.
  • Parents will be notified of  work habits – Effort and Behaviour
  • Suggestions on how the student can improve


Reporting to Students:

Students at Blackburn High School receive regular, on-going feedback from their teachers.

Formative Assessment

The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by the staff to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning. More specifically, formative assessments: help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work

Summative Assessment

The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against a standard or benchmark.