ISUtrecht believes the true purpose of assessment is to guide the planning and instruction to support and enhance student learning, rather than to simply generate a grade.
Assessment is integral to all teaching and learning. It is central to the goal of thoughtfully and effectively guiding students through the five essential elements of learning:
- acquisition of knowledge
- understanding of concepts
- mastering of skills
- development of attitudes
- decision to take action
Both students and teachers should be actively engaged in assessing the students’ progress, in both formative and summative formats, as to develop wider critical thinking and self-evaluation skills.
The aims of assessment are to promote student centred learning, to provide information about individual student learning, tracking student progress, and to contribute to the evaluation of the effectiveness of the programme.
Subject-specific criteria for evaluating students
All teachers are responsible for providing and teaching the criteria to their students.The criteria are made visible throughout all tasks. Teachers review the criteria with students, so they can achieve the score they want and understand why they received a certain score. In addition to this examples on what the students need to do to improve are provided.
All subjects should assess against each objective at least twice in a school year to provide appropriate feedback on the reports. There are two terms per school year.
Formative and summative Assessments
Both formative and summative assessments have a place in the MYP. Formative assessments provide information to the teachers and students to modify teaching and learning activities. Summative assessments summarise the development of the learner. All assessments should be marked against the criteria.
In line with the other Dutch International Schools, the ISUtrecht will pilot the IB MYP external eAssessments in 3 or 4 subjects this academic year. This way the school is better prepared for the first cohort, who will receive an internationally recognised IB MYP certificate in May 2018.
Reporting Progress of Students
Students’ progress will be reported five times per year, as follows:
- Autumn Progress Reports
- January Full Report
- January Oral Progress Report
- Spring Progress Reports
- July Full Report
Midterm and Final Assessments
Midterm and final assessments will be given in the MYP. The rationale for giving the assessments is to make the students accountable for the content and skills taught during the school year, teaching them study skills for large amounts of content, which will prepare them for the MYP and DP summative assessments.