ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING at GJH MYP
1. School assessment philosophy
At GJH MYP programme we believe the assessment can lead the child towards a positive sense of self-worth and self-competence.
The aim of assessment in the MYP is to:
• enable students to show their understanding, knowledge and skills
• enhance their learning by providing feedback
• develop the students’ capacity to learn by providing them opportunities to review their learning and to set further goals
• provide feedback to the teachers and to help improve the teaching process
• inform the parents about the students’ progress
2. Forms of assessment
a) Formative assessment
It is an ongoing process happening throughout the units of learning over the whole school year. We view it as a necessary and important tool for the teacher to identify the students‘needs and to review the teaching so that improvement in students’ performance and their attitudes towards learning can be achieved. The formative assessment can take various forms as an informal discussion, quiz, short test and this assessment is carried out on a regular basis.
b) Summative assessment
This form of assessment usually happens at the end of each unit and it leads towards the decision of criterion levels achieved for a summative task.
The summative assessment is criterion based, which means each task is assessed against a set of given criteria. The criteria are different for each subject from preMYP to 4. We use the MYP prescribed criteria levels in the final year of MYP.
Student’s performance is assessed against each criterion at least once in a half term, final criterion level at the end of school year is combined from both terms.
Our assessment is internal and our assessment practices undergo regular internal moderation and reviewing.
c) Internal requirements
Based on the internal agreements, a student is believed to be underachieving if he/she has the final grade 3 from more than two subjects in preMYP, MYP 1, 2, 3 and grade 3 from more than one subject in MYP4, 5 at the end of each term. If such a case, the student is required to retake the summative assessment procedure from the subject/s. The student s informed about the exact content and time of the procedure in advance. The results of this exam are recorded in the assessment sheets and in the report card.
If a student fails to meet the required objectives, the student and the parents are invited to a conference with the head of the international school to discuss the situation and decide on further steps.
The official reporting takes place four times a year with the report card being issued twice a year- in January and in June. Parents are informed about the students’ achievement and progress at regular parents meeting which are held four times a school year. On request, individual meeting can be arranged at any time throughout the school year. Teachers record the assessment results in the assessment sheets on the web site, on a regular basis. In preMYP –MYP 3 the formative and summative results are also recorded in students’ grade books.
The students’ final achievements are assessed against the official IBO final grade system from 7 to 1 (seven stands for an excellent performance). Alongside the report card we also issue a General attitude report card, which gives the information about student’s effort in the subject, preparation for the lessons and self-discipline.
You can find detailed description in the document below:
Assessment reporting policy (.doc)