OPAL : Ongoing Performance and Assessment Log
OPAL is a system designed to provide feedback about student effort and engagement on a regular basis. OPAL is designed to be a supportive tool and encourage students to give their best consistently.
How does it work?
Twice per term classroom teachers record a score for each student in the log (online OPAL system) on the school intranet. Values will are to be recorded prior to Thursday (end of school day) of the cycle. Staff will be notified via the school calendar and Curriculum Coordinator when OPAL scores are expected.
A minimum value will be 5 extending to a maximum value of 10. The value of 1 is reserved for non-submission of a formal assessment task (Big A).
1. Non submission of assessment task
5. Poor effort (unsatisfactory)
6. Limited effort (causing some concern)
7. Basic effort (satisfactory)
8. Sound effort
9. High Level effort
10. Outstanding effort
These are awarded in respect to:
- General classroom behaviour and work ethic.
- Completion of assignments and assessment tasks
The OPAL Colours
Over the cycle a student achieving an average of 8.5 or above across subject areas will receive a Principal’s award and awarded a “Blue Opal.”
This occurs when a student is achieving an average above 7 and less than 8.5 across subject areas. The student receives a “Green Opal” and indicates that the student is achieving at a commendable level.
A student who receives an average above 6.75 and yet has a subject that receives a “5”
will receive a “White Opal.” The student will be issued with a White Caution Card. This White Caution Card will list the subject(s) that the student is under-performing in and will need to be redeemed by speaking with the relevant teachers.
A student receiving an average above 6 and less than or equal to 6.75 will receive a “Yellow Opal”. These students will be issued with a Yellow Caution Card which will need to be redeemed by speaking with the relevant teachers.
A student receiving an average of 6 or below will be notified via a “Red Opal.” These students will be issued with a Red Caution Card which will need to be redeemed by speaking with the relevant teachers. A student will also receive a Red OPAL if they receive an score of ‘1’ in any subject. A score of 1 is only issued if an assessment task has not been submitted.