Achievement, Respect, Community and Commitment are our values at Drouin Secondary College.  Currently our students are assessed with a Progress Score every 5-6 weeks.  We know that this feedback is valuable for keeping students on track. We know that our parents are very supportive, and if you look at our progress score results, our students are doing better than ever.  The Progress Score is a good measure of classroom adherence to the college Values, but it stops at the classroom door. Participation in the wider school program should count as well. We have students who take on leadership positions within the College, like SRC reps and House Captains.  We also have students who are on the school footy team, the swim team, and the debating team.  We have students who are representing our school at regional, interstate and national competitions.  These achievements should be recognized and celebrated.  This is what this change is about.

On the other side of the coin, being late, or being out of uniform and having misconduct reports are currently included on the progress report but they don’t actually affect the progress score. We think they should.  Students who are frequently late to class, frequently out of uniform and have many misconducts don’t do as well at school.

Replacing the Progress Score with ARCC score.

We have used ARCC score for the last 2 years to determine some end of year awards.

ARCC score is calculated using the following formula

 ARCC Score = Progress score + co-curricula points + 0.25 points per ARCC award – Lates – Misconducts – Out of uniforms.

It provides a much more complete picture of a student’s commitment of the College Values. We will now include the ARCC score on progress reports.

The change to ARCC score will also put more value on the positives in the minds of students. ARCC awards and CoCurricular points become more valuable because they affect your ARCC score.

We will use ARCC score as our measure for things like Sport participation, Leadership Positions, participation in Deb balls.

ARCC score will replace “progress score” in our collective vocabulary.

ARCC score can go beyond 100. Currently, for many of our top students the goal to get better than a progress score of 98 is difficult.  Under the old system it was difficult for these students to see their progress.

To quote Brett Adam, “The sky’s the limit” with ARCC score. If your classroom progress is 98 and you get 5 co-curricular points and 10 ARCC awards you ARCC score is now 105.5.

The ARCC score will keep rising if you maintain your positive classroom progress and keep collecting more ARCC awards and participating in Co-curricula activities. Of course it could decrease if you are late to class, out of uniform or you get some misconducts.

WHAT WILL THIS MEAN FOR YOUR CHILD?

If your child is doing all the right things, like putting in effort in class, behaving well, bringing their materials to class, doing their homework and submitting their tasks on time  they will still get a score of 90+.  At the moment 33% of our students get a score of over 90+.

If your child is doing all the right things, like putting in effort in class, behaving well, bringing their materials to class, doing their homework and submitting their tasks on time (like 33% of our students) AND participating in extra-curricular activities (like sport and the production).  They will still get a score of 90+ but it will be higher due to their other commitments.  It may even be higher than 100.

If your child is not doing all the right things, like coming to class late, or is frequently out of uniform, or is getting misconducts, their score will go down, but this is reset every reporting period (5-6 weeks).

THE EXPLANATION ABOUT WHY WE WANT TO MAKE THIS CHANGE

Academic achievement, is our number one priority.  The correlation between the Academic Achievement and other student data sets are shown on the table below

academic-achievement-correlation correlation-summary

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The highest correlation we see in our school is between Academic Achievement and Work Habits. Progress score is our measure of work habits. The progress score is calculated every 5 weeks and is made up of teacher assessments of Effort, Behaviour, Organization, Task Submission and Academic Progress.

Task Submission also has a high correlation with achievement. It is clear that “Those who do the work, do the learning.”

ARCC awards are given by teachers when students display the College Values of Achievement, Respect, Commitment and Community. There is a positive correlation between ARCC awards and achievement.

The correlation between Attendance and Achievement is not high. But the relationship between achievement and attendance is not straightforward. For students with attendance above 95% there is almost no correlation between Attendance and Achievement. Students with 95% attendance seem to do as well as students with 98% attendance who do as well as students with 100% attendance. Once attendance drops below 90% achievement begins to decline significantly.

Co-curricula points measure student’s participation in co-curricular activities like sport, drama, music, debating and leadership positions. There is a small positive correlation between participation in co-curricula activities and Academic Achievement.

There is a negative correlation between achievement and being Late to Class, Out of Uniform and Misconducts.

Mr Monk would love a dollar for every time he has had the discussion with students who are frequently out of uniform and they have made the point, “Being out of uniform doesn’t affect my learning”. Of course on one level they are correct. Correlation is not causation. Being out of uniform does not prevent a student from learning but I can point out that “On average, students who are frequently out of uniform don’t do as well at school as those who are in uniform. There is a negative correlation between being out of uniform and Academic Achievement.” Not sure this will change their hearts and minds but it will be a teachable moment for me. I will launch into a fascinating explanation of correlation and causation and the nature of statistical analysis. They won’t want to be out of uniform again after we walk them through that a couple of times.

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