Corbett Preparatory School of IDS Assessment Policy
Purpose of assessment
At Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, we believe that assessment is integral to all teaching and learning.
- provides information through diagnostic, formative and summative tools.
- drives instruction and curricular decision making.
- identifies what students know, understand and are able to do at different stages of the learning process.
- provides feedback of the learning process.
Principles of assessment
- A variety of assessment strategies are utilized to allow students to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do.
- Assessment incorporates both formative and summative examples.
- Teachers provide on-going effective feedback to students and parents.
- Opportunities for students to self-assess and peer-assess are provided.
- Assessment provides opportunities for students to connect their learning to real-world contexts.
- Teachers maintain accurate records of student learning.
- Modifications for assessment and reporting are made for individual learning needs.
- Trimester reports demonstrate the progress of the student at the end of the trimester. This fits perfectly with our mastery concept of assessment.
- Training and practice is provided to teachers so that they can come to consensus on the use of the criteria. This provides continuity of assessment in different classes of the same content area.
Effective assessments allow the student to
- have criteria that are known and understood in advance.
- analyze their learning and understand what needs to be improved.
- demonstrate the range of their conceptual understandings, their knowledge and their skills.
- synthesize and apply their learning, as well as recall facts.
- base their learning on real-life experiences that can lead to other questions to ask or problems to solve.
- highlight their strengths and demonstrate mastery and expertise.
- express different points of view and interpretations.
- promote reflection through self- and peer-evaluation.
- use a variety of learning styles, multiple intelligences and abilities to express their understanding.
Effective assessments allow the teacher to
- inform every stage of the learning and teaching process.
- plan and incorporate the results into the learning, not add them after the fact.
- identify what is worth knowing and assess it.
- include collaboration between the student and teacher and student to student.
- take into account different cultural contexts and different ways of learning and knowing.
- use scoring that is both analytical and holistic.
- produce evidence that can be reported and understood by students, parents, teachers, administrators and board members.
- plan further activities which address areas of interest for the teacher and the students.
Effective assessments allow the parents to
- see evidence of student learning and development.
- understand the learning process as it aligns with the school’s vision, mission and values.
- actively support their child’s education.
Source: Making the PYP Happen (Assessment)