In this section we are going to get our head around the different types of Sections which bundled together make up the report format. Sections are like pages. Some of these sections will take up a full printed page, others will only take up part of a printed page. Classes will need to be assigned to the different sections so that the system knows what structured page each subject/year level will get. We will discuss assigning classes to sections later in the mannual.
The Seven different Sections available
- Summary Section: Usually contains a dynamic curriculum graph, (this dynamic graph populates based on results entered by teachers across all sections of the report and averages results when multiple teachers have marked the same Learning Areas) a work habits table, absence data and default comments boxes based on government suggestions.
- Partial Page Section: Usually used for subjects which do not have curriculum graph results. Contains one comment box with teacher signature.
- Full Page Section: Usually contains curriculum graph results, absences data, work habits table, and default comments based on government suggestions
- Parent Comment Section: Section containing only a parent comment item
- Principal Comment Section: Section containing only a principal's comment item.
- Personal Learning Goals Section: Usually contains a set of comment items to be filled with student's personal learning goals.
- Custom Section: Empty section with no items. Can be used to build any type of section.
Let's Look into detail of each one of these 7 types of Report Sections.
Sections in a report all have their own set of "items" You can add and remove different items from a section by turning them on and off with the check box next to their name
The Section templates that we are going to discuss all include mostly the same Item options, there are some differences though, depending on the type of section.
1. Summary Section
The Summary section of a report is usually the first page of a report. It contains a summarised version of all the different results the students have obtained in the report.
The summary section can contain it's own set of comments, work-habits, Absences information etc.
The AusVels, Victorian Curriculum, Australian Curriculum or other scores are all averaged out and displayed together. This means for example if two or more teachers have marked "Personal Learning" , their two or more scores will be averaged out and displayed on this page.
2. Partial Page Subjects Section
The Partial Page subjects section is usually used for subjects or classes that teachers don't usually enter a curriculum score for. In the example above the drama class only has a title and a comments section. This does not mean you cannot add a curriculum graph to this section, you can do that by simply clicking the "AusVels" option in the Items section on the right. Most parital pages will contain only a small amount of information, which will mean you can decide to ask the system to combine multiple partial pages onto the same printed page. This will be discussed further in the chapter around finalising and printing reports.
3. Full Page Subjects
Full Page subject sections are very similar to Partial Page subjects. In fact they are exactly the same except more of the Items have been turned on by default. Here we have a section that contains
- A Title
- AusVels Levels to score against
- Absences information (number of days a student has been absent) Item
- Comments Item
- Work Habits Item
5. Principal Comment Section
Like the Parent Comment the Principal Comment section only contains a title and a comment. The difference here is that the signature at the bottom of this comment will be for the principal.
6. Personal Learning Goals Section
This section contains a title and a comments item. It has been pre-filled with personal learning goal comments.