At ISUtrecht we believe that 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 subject areas should assess against each of their objectives at least twice in a school year to provide appropriate feedback on the reports.
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.
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.
At the ISUtrecht, externally moderated eAssessments in grade 10 of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) is mandatory for the Personal Project, and the Interdisciplinary Assessment. All students are registered for these two components. After consultation and agreement with the leader of Middle Years, students are encouraged to register for further externally moderated eAssessments leading either to the award of MYP courses or the full internationally recognised MYP Certificate. The Full MYP certificate is made up of 8 components.
Assessments in the DP are a combination of internally and externally assessed components. In DP1 the students will have mid-year and end of year assessments. In DP2 students will have the mid-year assessments and mock exams in March, which mirror their final exams. The final exams start at the end of April and usually finish in the third week of May. The results are released to the students on the 6th of July.
Reporting Progress of Students
Students’ progress will be reported four times per year, as follows:
- November: Autumn Progress Report – reporting a predicted grade, learning descriptors (that strengthen the development of the approaches to learning skills), and student-parent-mentor meeting
- January: Mid-Term Report – reporting against all criteria, providing a final grade for the term and written comments
- January/February: student-parent-teacher meeting
- April: Spring Progress Report – reporting a predicted grade and learning descriptors
- July: Final Report – reporting against all criteria, providing a final grade for the year and written comments
Please note that MYP students will participate in student-led conferences in June.
For more information please view the ISUtrecht Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy and Promotion Criteria, which can be found on the policies page.