Assessment of Learning

Assessment of Learning

Assessments will take a variety of forms, both formative and summative.

  • Formative assessments are a range of formal and informal assessment procedures conducted by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student achievement. The goal is to improve/accelerate progress, to improve learning and to help the student become a more independent learner.  Examples of formative assessments include: conferencing where a student discusses their work with a teacher, fellow student or another adult, reflection where a student reviews their own work, feedback – WWW (What  Went Well) and EBI (Even Better If), teacher observations during a lesson or from completed classwork/ homework.  
  • Summative assessments conducted by teachers are used to evaluate learning at the end of a learning process ie. end of a unit of work.  The goal is to provide a final judgement of the learning that has taken place, to identify gaps in knowledge and understanding and to help the student to improve. Examples of summative assessments: tests, examinations, final essay or presentation.  This work is usually give a grade or mark.

Teachers collect  both formative and summative evidence throughout a unit of work.  This helps them to adapt their teaching to meet the needs of students and also assists when reporting to parents, students and other stakeholders.

Each subject group within the MYP has 4 set assessment areas called criteria (A B C D)

Which are subject specific. This helps students to develop the knowledge and skill they need to be successful in each subject group.  These skill are often transferable to other subject groups and aspects of learning. Teachers will assess your child according to each of these criteria at least twice across each year.