Assessment is integral to all teaching and learning. Assessment at ISUtrecht identifies what students know, understand, can do and value at different stages in the teaching and learning process. Assessing the process, and not only the result of inquiry, is important.
Assessment is constant and consistent. It informs our teaching and therefore drives the learning experiences on a day-to-day basis. We use both formal and informal assessments, and both take place regularly. At ISUtrecht educators and students are involved in and use assessment to promote learning. Teachers are responsible for the more formal assessments, but students are also expected to take an active role in this important aspect of their education.
At ISUtrecht we use various strategies to assess our students’ progress. Some of these strategies are:
- Performances: oral presentation, experiment, skill, model, debate, role-play, drama
- Process-focused tasks: conversations, conference, interviews, learning logs
- Selected response tasks: tests and quizzes
- Open-ended tasks: brief written answers, illustrations, charts, diagrams, solutions
Students’ progress will be reported four times per year, as follows:
- Autumn, parent teacher meeting, teachers give parents an oral progress report
- Winter, mid-year report, reporting against criteria and providing written comments
- Spring, parent teacher meeting, teachers give parents an oral progress report
- Summer, final report, reporting against criteria, providing a written comment