Assessment is a continuous process of gathering and interpreting evidence to make judgments about student learning.Assessment identifies what students know, understand and can do at different stages in the learning process. Assessment helps teachers to plan, guide and implement learning.
Reporting takes place twice a year and at the end of each semester. Additionally, students also receive mid-semester Interim Reports with a focus on ATLs or Approaches to Learning.
In the Elementary School, students are assessed internally, against criteria that measure the objectives for each subject. There is an internal exam at the end of each unit. Report cards in term of written narrative is sent home twice a year at the end of each semester. These reports comment on students achievement, indicates areas for improvement and suggest strategies for improvement. Additionally, Parent –Teacher conferences are held twice during the year.
Students in the Middle School [ Grades 6-8] Students are assessed internally on a regular basis according to set standards. They receive a combination of formative and summative assessment that cover a wide range of conceptual, competency and character areas of learning. They receive two ATL reports each mid-semester giving them a snapshot idea of how they are progressing and a descriptive end of semester report aimed at guiding them and helping them improve. Twice a year there is a three-way conference where student’s write up their own learning goals and share them with their teachers and parents.
Students in Grades 9 and 10 receive a written comment and a letter grade between A and G, according to the IGCSE criteria.Information about the IGCSE and grades in Grades 9 & 10 may be found in the ISH IGCSE Booklet.
Students in Grades 11 & 12 receive a numerical grade between 1 and 7. Information about the IB Diploma and grades in Grades 11 & 12 may be found in the ISH IB Diploma Booklet.
One further means of providing feedback on the progress of middle school students at ISH is the International Schools Assessment (ISA).The ISA is a high quality standardized test that is externally marked and is widely used by international schools around the world.The ISA measures skill levels in English and Math.It is not culturally specific and is not tied to any particular syllabus or curriculum.Students do not do any specific preparation for the ISA.One can read more about the ISA at http://www.acer.edu.au/tests/isa/isa-overview.