Discussing their adoption of narrative assessment (specifically for the purposes of children with specific learning needs), Kathryn Blakie and Tracey Elder (of St Anne’s Catholic School Narrative Assessment Leadership team in Manurewa) reported the following back to their school Board:
- “A positive form of assessment based around what a student can achieve, not what they cannot.
- Clear evidence of what a student is achieving in the classroom setting.
- Over time, a clear picture of the student’s achievements builds up. Teachers and teachers’ aides therefore plan a more targeted learning programme.
- Parental feedback has been positive. Parents regularly receive snapshots of the various classroom learning activities.
- The portfolios of narrative assessments provide an ongoing picture of the whole year’s learning and a celebration of each learning step – no matter how small or big.
- Evidence to support goals to be set at an IEP.
- Includes parents in assessment and allows them to share their child’s strengths.
- Clearly supports the Catholic character of the school in terms of social justice, ensuring equitable outcomes for all students, and meeting their individual needs”