Assessment is integral to all teaching and learning. It is central to the Primary Years Programme (PYP) goal of thoughtfully and effectively guiding students. The prime objective of assessment in the PYP is to provide feedback on the learning process.
Through assessments, children become aware of what they are trying to achieve in particular pieces of work. Through reflective marking, they gain clear insight into what they have achieved and where they can improve.
Teachers use the assessments to set work which is well matched to their students’ capabilities. Students remain involved in the assessment process, taking responsibility for their own learning, developing their ability to be self critical and setting targets for subsequent work.
Principles of assessment:
· provide information about how students learn
· determine what students know and understand
· ascertain the skills that students acquire
· diagnose learning problems and students needs
· monitor standards
· contribute to the efficiency of the programme
· reflect the curriculum and be an integral part of teaching and learning at all levels
· check teaching objectives against learning outcomes
· act as a feedback mechanism for curriculum development
· motivate both teachers and students through success in achievement
· have a clear idea of the knowledge and/or skills that are being assessed
· receive clear feedback
· have access to all criteria being used in the assessment
· not expect that every piece of work completed will be formally assessed
· use student performance as a feedback mechanism to initiate refinements to, or changes in, the curriculum and its delivery
· use a variety of methods of assessment
· Support all assessment practices
· Help motivate their child(ren)
· Show interest and give constructive feedback on their child(ren)’s work