SPA Assessment

SPA: Student Performance Assessment (Targeting Learning Behaviours)

The Student Performance Average (SPA) is a measure of a student’s learning behaviours across five performance areas:

  1. Achievement is a measure of the standard of work in demonstrating learning outcomes
  2. Productive use of class time indicates the completion of class work
  3. Attitude and Effort is a measure of the student’s approach to class work
  4. Manages Personal Learning is a measure of a student’s ability to organise their learning by, for example, working independently, meeting deadlines, completing homework or revision, and bringing appropriate equipment to class. This is assessed as appropriate to each class.
  5. Attendance indicates whether the student’s absences have been approved.

Each of these five performance areas are graded on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest grade a student can receive and 5 being the highest).

  • These grades are then averaged to produce one Subject Student Performance Average
  • The subject Student Performance Averages are then averaged to produce an Overall Student Performance Average

It is expected that every student can achieve a minimum of 4 as a SPA, regardless of academic ability.  Any student, who receives 3.4 or below, is considered at risk. Teachers will assess students three times each semester. Having three assessments per semester in these criteria will give students the opportunity to lift in the areas needing improvement. SPA reports will be sent out twice during the semester. SPA data will replace the existing “Work Habits” on the end of Semester Reports. Year Level Coordinators may contact the families of students with a SPA below 3.4 to discuss strategies to improve their SPA. If you wish to discuss your child’s report then please contact their Year Level Coordinator.  If you have any general questions regarding this report structure, please contact a Year Level Coordinator at the College.

Student Performance Average Criteria (Targeted Learning Behaviours)

  Achievement –a measure of the standard of work in demonstrating learning outcomes, at the student’s current (AusVELs/VCAL/VCE) level.
1 No work evident
2 Work incomplete and/or of poor quality
3 Work of minimal acceptable standard
4 Work at the expected standard
5 Work above the expected standard
  Productive Use of class time – completion of class tasks
1 No class tasks completed
2 Minimal completion of tasks in class
3 Below expected number of tasks completed in class
4 Expected tasks completed in class
5 Consistently effective use of time to complete class tasks
  Effort and Attitude – a measure of approach to class work
1 No commitment/involvement shown in class activities
2 Minimal commitment/involvement in class activities
3 Below expected commitment/involvement in class activities
4 Expected involvement/commitment in class activities
5 Above expected involvement/commitment in class activities
  Managing Personal Learning – a measure of the student’s ability to organise their learning by, for example, working independently; meeting deadlines; completing homework or revision on time; and/or bringing appropriate equipment to class.
1 No evidence of personal organisation
2 Minimal evidence of personal organisation
3 Below expected level of personal organisation
4 Expected personal organisation
5 Consistently above the expected level of personal organisation
  Attendance – reducing unapproved absences
1 More than 6 absences unapproved
2 5-6 unapproved absences
3 3-4 unapproved absences
4 Almost all absences approved (e.g. only 1-2 absences unapproved)
5 No unapproved absences