Department exams, tests, quizzes, home assignments, completed projects and other subject specific tasks evaluate the student’s academic progress.
Student progress is then recorded by pre-formative and summative assessments. While pre-assessments assess prior knowledge and formative assessments allow for adjustments in teaching strategies, summative assessments are the main/ end of unit assessment by which teachers are able to gauge the level of attainment of recently acquired knowledge. Student progress for all assessments is indicated in the bi-monthly, mid-term and final reports.
At the end of the five year MYP cycle, students are awarded by the IBO:
- Course results
- The MYP Certificate
All students regardless of their educational accomplishments will be given the course results; an IBO validated marks sheet, at the end of the MYP cycle (year 5). However, the MYP Certificate will ONLY be awarded to students who satisfy the following conditions:
- Gained a grade total of at least 28 out of a possible maximum of 56, and gained at least a grade 3 in each of the six subject groups, the interdisciplinary on-screen examination and the personal project combined.
- Completed the school’s requirements for community service.
Along with the introduction of mandatory moderation of the personal project, 2016 sees a change in the assessment for the MYP. The new MYP eAssessment provides external evaluation for students in year 5 (15–16 years old) that leads to the internationally recognised IB MYP certificate. MYP eAssessment represents a balanced, appropriately challenging model that comprises examinations and coursework.
Two-hour onscreen examinations in four subject groups (language and literature, sciences, mathematics, humanities and social sciences) and interdisciplinary learning are externally marked by IB examiners, as is a portfolio of student work for courses in language acquisition. Students also submit an ePortfolio of coursework for a performance-oriented subject group (physical and health education, arts, and design), which is moderated to international standards.
These innovative assessments focus on conceptual understanding and the ability to apply knowledge in complex, unfamiliar situations. They offer robust and reliable assessment of student achievement in the MYP.
MYP Assessment Criteria
The MYP offers a criterion-referenced model of assessment. Therefore students’ results are determined by performance against set standards.
All criteria have a maximum achievement level of 8.
Description of Subject Criteria: