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• This philosophy is a rich fit for criterion-referenced assessment like what is used in the MYP. It also lends itself nicely to performance based, real world, and authentic types of assessment.
• In the MYP we are always asking ourselves, what do the students know, what can they do, and what do they understand?
• Assessment in the MYP is not an “ i-gotcha ” , but rather a tool for both the teacher and the student to identify strengths and weaknesses and inform next steps in instruction; a reflective tool to help students become life long learners. Students play an active role in tracking the results of their assessment.
• Each criteria (in each subject) should be assessed several times over the semester or year The teacher uses professional judgement based on most recent evidence to determine the final level of the student at that point in time NOT an arithmetical average NO fractions – whole numbers only
• Using Grade descriptors teachers develop task specific rubrics. Determining Levels of Achievement: Each “ criterion ” is split into various performance indicators – normally in bands Each band is described in terms of general statements called level descriptors Levels 1 &amp; 2 on first band, 3 &amp; 4 on second band, etc. Teacher determines the best fit; all strands of a criteria must be met for a student to receive that performance indicator. This means that teachers are not comparing your students work with that of others, but they are checking it against the criteria in your rubrics. The criteria are predetermined by the IBO and all MYP students must be evaluated with them.
• Rubrics Grade descriptors are used by teachers to develop rubrics Rubric means assessment table IB rubrics are criteria-related Task-specific rubric are developed from the holistic rubrics
• Parent will need to look at handout to see the chart on right hand side. They will need to look at the criteria for Humanities and the “scales” – 10-10-10-8. If the parent wants to see the “full” criterion for a criteria they will need to reference the website.
• ### Mesa Middle School MYP Grading Presentation

1. 1. Mesa Middle School A MYP CANDIDATE SCHOOL Assessment in the MYP (a short guide for parents)
2. 2. Our Guiding Question? <ul><li>How do we best prepare our students for their future in the 21st Century? </li></ul>
3. 3. What is assessment? The process of collecting and analyzing information about students’ achievements to improve teaching and enhance learning .
4. 4. IB MYP Philosophy of Assessment <ul><li>We assess students on what they know and what they can do with their knowledge (application), </li></ul><ul><li>NOT on what they do not know and cannot do. </li></ul>
5. 5. Assessment for Learning: <ul><li>[IB] Assessment is integral to all teaching and learning. It is central to the [IB] goal of thoughtfully and effectively guiding students through the five essential elements of learning: </li></ul><ul><li>the acquisition of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>the mastering of skills </li></ul><ul><li>the understanding of concepts </li></ul><ul><li>the development of attitudes </li></ul><ul><li>the decision to take action </li></ul>
6. 6. The purposes of Assessment <ul><li>Assessment in the MYP aims to : </li></ul><ul><li>support and encourage student learning by providing feedback on the learning process </li></ul><ul><li>inform, enhance and improve the teaching process </li></ul><ul><li>promote positive student attitudes towards learning </li></ul><ul><li>promote a deep understanding of subject content by supporting students in their enquiries set in real world contexts using areas of interaction </li></ul><ul><li>promote the development of higher-order cognitive skills by providing rigorous final objectives that value these skills </li></ul><ul><li>reflect the international-mindedness of the programme by allowing for assessments to be set in a variety of cultural and linguistic contexts </li></ul><ul><li>support the holistic nature of the programme by including in its model principles that take account of the development of the whole student </li></ul>
7. 7. What is Different at mesa? <ul><li>Mesa uses a 7 pt. scale based on most recent evidence; not a 4 pt. scale </li></ul><ul><li>Progress reports at 6,12,24, & 30 weeks; not on quarters </li></ul><ul><li>Each subject area uses different criteria with their own MYP scales at progress </li></ul><ul><li>Mesa will provide a report card at semester and end of year based on the 7 pt. scale that converts to a letter grade. </li></ul>
8. 8. So how does it work?
9. 9. MYP Assessment Criteria Science A. One world 6 B. Communication in science 6 C. Knowledge & understanding of science 6 D. Scientific inquiry 6 E. Processing data 6 F. Attitudes in science 6
10. 10. Levels of Achievement Performance Indicator Grade Descriptor Science Criteria A 1 – 2 *Shows some awareness of ways in which science is applied and used to solve local and global problems * States effectiveness of science and its application in solving problems and issues * States how science and its application interact with some of the following factors: moral, ethical, social, economic, political, cultural and environmental 3 – 4 Describes and explains with reasonable understanding ways in which science is applied and used to solve local and global problems * Describes effectiveness of science and its application in solving problems and issues * Describes how science and its application interact with at least one of the following factors: moral, ethical, social, economic, political, cultural and environmental 5 – 6 *Describes and explains with good insight ways in which science is applied and used to solve local and global problems * Describes and explains with good insight the effectiveness of science and its application in solving problems and issues * Describes how science and its application interact with several of the following factors: moral, ethical, social, economic, political, cultural and environmental
11. 11. Rubrics <ul><li>Grade descriptors are used by teachers to develop rubrics </li></ul><ul><li>Rubric means assessment table </li></ul><ul><li>IB rubrics are criteria-related </li></ul><ul><li>Task-specific rubric are developed from the holistic rubrics </li></ul>
12. 12. Sample Task specific Clarifications
13. 13. Interim Criteria for all subjects can be found on Mesa’s web Site:
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