Our Philosophy of Assessment -
Assessment plays a critical role in driving instruction and providing effective feedback to our stakeholders (students, parents, staff members and the community) on progress made towards social and academic goals. The feedback provided will help students to develop the skills they need and encourage them to be reflective about their learning and growth in the PYP five essential elements of learning:
• the acquisition of knowledge
• the understanding of concepts
• the mastering of skills
• the development of attitudes
• the decision to take action
There will also be feedback and student reflection opportunities regarding the Learner Profile.
Our basic principles of assessment are:
• Assessment should be continuous, ongoing, differentiated, and varied.
• The purpose of and criteria for the assessment should be clearly communicated.
• Students should play an active role in the assessment process through goal-setting, rubric creation, and self reflection.
• Assessment tools must be varied.
Our Purpose for Assessment -
There are two main purposes for assessment: assessment for learning and assessment of learning.
Students and teachers will use feedback to identify strengths and areas of need and reflect on the degree of success. We need to provide students with sufficient opportunities to demonstrate proficiency.
• Teachers will collaboratively plan assessments.
• Teachers will use multiple forms of assessment.
• Teachers will use both peer and self assessments in the classroom.
• Teachers will report out progress to families on at least a quarterly basis - 2 report cards, 2 conferences - which include anecdotal notes about student growth in the Learner Profile.
• In addition to district and state required assessments, we value the following authentic forms of pre assessment, formative assessment, and summative assessment:
- Anecdotal records - Checklists
- Conferencing - Continuums
- Exit slips - Group discussion
- Group work - Journal entries
- Observations - Open-ended tasks
- Peer/self evaluation and reflection - Portfolios
- Pre/post assessment - Probes
- Project-based - Quick writes
- Quizzes - Role play
- Performance (Music, PE)