Purposes of assessment at Fountainhead School
Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning process. To ensure the effectiveness of student’s educational experience it is important that varied assessment techniques should be used at regular intervals. The following are the objectives for assessment which we at Fountainhead school would be targeting as part of IB global community.
- To provide quality feedback to students so as to ensure growth in learning of students.
- To prepare students so that they can meet assessment requirements of MYP eassessment.
- To provide quality feedback to teachers regarding learner’s stage in the learning process, level of knowledge acquired and the extent of skill development.
- To provide feedback to parents regarding student’s progress through grades.
- Ensuring that assessment is criterion related and not norm referenced.
- Ensure that the assessment process is aligned with school’s assessment objective.
- Ensuring that the assessment process is reliable and trustworthy.
Continuous assessment as an indicator of effective assessment and assessment practice
To measure the knowledge, understanding, and skills attained by students, it is necessary that continuous assessment should form an integral part of the MYP. The school provides ample opportunities for continuous assessment through varied assessments. The faculty at Fountainhead school will assess the student continuously over a period a time through his / her performance in group projects, activities (individual or group activities). The students will be receiving feedback from teachers at regular intervals which will enable them to focus on their areas of improvement and consolidate on their strengths. Through continuous assessment, the teachers will over a period of time ascertain the level of student’s progress and will be able to plan their teaching strategies so that effective learning takes place.
All students will appear for three types of assessments:
- Formative assessment (During the unit)
- Unit Summative assessment (End of the unit)
- Term Assessment (End of each Term)
- Formative Assessments are Checks For Understanding to inform teaching and learning practices.It allows teachers to monitor the progress of each student through the unit so as to be able to counsel them and to give advice.
- Formative Assessment, which takes place during each unit and may be repeated many times over.
- Formative assessments can be taken by teachers in different formats(Pen Paper, Performance, reflection, oral presentation , quiz) at any point of plan as per requirement in the flow of teaching in the regular subject slots
- Information about formative assessments will not be given prior to the students or parents.
- Task Specific Clarification, Assessment rubric along with the achievement levels will be prepared and shared with the students specifically for the formative assessment (at least 1) which the teachers choose to report to students and parents.
- Checking of formative assessments will be based on MYP assessment criteria which will be modified as per the need of the unit.
- It takes place at the end of each unit of work and provides an indicator of student achievement in the particular unit against the MYP objective and the the Assessment criteria for that particular subject.
- The subject teachers should post information on the blog; at least one week in advance regarding the upcoming summative assessment. Teachers need to ensure that they fill up Assessment form available on FSApps .
- The teachers should schedule summative assessments as per their teaching plan.
- The teachers should also post the content that will be covered in the summative assessment with the assessment objectives in focus.
- The duration of the summative assessment can be decided by the teachers as per the task.
- Task Specific Clarification should be mentioned in all Summative Assessment/s.
- Assessment rubric along with the achievement levels should be prepared and shared with the students.
- If a student misses Summative assessment task because of any school event or medical reason then the task will be arranged(based on the nature of the task) for the students either during Personal Sports (PS)-Arts Special (AS) slot. If the student fails to come for the assessment then it will not be rescheduled further. In case of casual absenteeism, teachers will make an effort to reschedule the summative assessment only if it is feasible.
Preparation & Checking of Formative and Summative assessment papers/task and updating achievement levels.
- The assessment papers should be prepared using the program MYP assessment format shared on FS curriculum site, same as the one shared below.
- The assessment papers should be prepared by the subject teachers and checked by Curriculum Manager / Asst TLs / TLs before taking prints.
- Mark scheme should also be prepared beforehand.
- After the assessment is conducted, the assessment papers should be checked by the subject teachers within 6 working days and if a teacher has to check papers of 3 or more sections of same grade at the same time only in that case it will be 8 working days.
- After the assessment is conducted, the assessment papers should be transferred to the ‘Assessments done’ folder.
- The teachers should mention comments in the assessment papers wherever required so that the students get effective feedback on their performance.
- After all the papers are checked, the teachers can handover the assessment papers to the students and also discuss the same in the class.
- Thereafter the levels should be updated in the assessment log.
- The respective subject teacher for each section should send the levels to the parents for the section that h/she teaches using the specified email format Appendix 3
- The levels should be sent to the parents within 6 working days (if a teacher has to check papers of 3 or more sections of the same grade at the same time only in that case it will be 8 working days) of conducting the assessment. Working days can be counted from the following day of assessment.
- The log will reflect the assessment levels of the current test as well as the topics and the levels of the tests conducted earlier for the same subject.
Process to be followed for absentees for Formative and Summative Assessment
- Formative Assessment- Student to be marked as absent. If it’s a pen paper test- the assessment paper can be given to the child for reference once he/she joins.
- Summative Assessment:- The summative assessment is conducted for him/her at a later date, unless the task is a group task and it is not feasible to conduct the same.
To prepare students for final e-assessment, Term assessments will be organized twice in a year (Term 1 in October and Term 2 in April).
Term 1 exam
The syllabus covered before term 1 exam will be covered in the Term 1 examinations. The students are expected to prepare for the curriculum that is covered before the exam. The syllabus will be posted on blog well in advance for the reference.
Level of each criterion from each component will be added to calculate the Suggestive grade for the year.
Term 2 exam
The syllabus of the whole year will be covered in the final examinations at the end of the year. The students are expected to prepare for the curriculum that is covered in both the terms. Unit Summative assessment achievement levels will be considered while giving professional judgement of all the units done in a year will be considered in term 2.
For the purpose of assessment, each academic year will be divided into two terms. The assessment cycle will comprise of:
|Term 1||Tem 2|
Same as Term 1.
|Unit summative assessment-
||Unit summative assessment-
Same as Term 1 except:
Same as Term 1 except:
For the purpose of calculation of overall grade of a student, the following calculation will be applicable.
|Suggestive grade that the student is likely to get after term 1 exams- Achievement level of Unit summative assessments + Achievement level of Term summative assessment||End of the Year final grade- Achievement level of Unit summative assessments of all units + Achievement level of Term 2 summative assessment (Term 1 assessment /examination not given weig tage for deriving end of the year final grade)|
Marks from each component will be added to calculate the final achievement level and grade.
MARKING & GRADE BOUNDARIES
In the Middle Years Programme, all students are assessed against a prescribed set of criteria, which align with the objectives of each subject group. Just as each subject group has four objectives, so student work will be evaluated in each subject against four criteria. The following table gives an overview of the criteria for each subject group. Further information regarding the objectives from which criteria are derived can be found in the section containing course descriptions.
The MYP assessment criteria across subject groups
|Language & Literature||Analysing||Organizing||Product text||Using Language|
|Language acquisition||Comprehending spoken & visual text||Comprehending written and visual text||Communicating||Using Language|
|Individual & Societies||Knowing & understanding||Investigating||Communicating||Thinking critically|
|Sciences||Knowing & understanding||Inquiring & designing||Processing & evaluating||Reflecting on the impacts of science|
|Mathematics||Knowing & understanding||Investigating patterns||Communicating||Applying mathematics in real- world contexts|
|Arts||Knowing & understanding||Developing skills||Thinking creatively||Responding|
|Physical & Health Education||Knowing & understanding||Planning for performance||Applying & performing||Reflecting & improving performance|
|Design||Inquiring & analysing||Developing ideas||Creating the solution||Evaluating|
|MYP Project||Investigating||Planning||Taking action||Reflecting|
All criteria receive a score from 1 to 8 points which represents the level of achievement for that subject.
To decide the final grade of students in each subject, their summative assessment performance as well as Term assessment performance will be considered.
For the purpose of giving a clear outline of student achievement that can be easily understood by all the educational institutions regardless of their academic programmes, as well as to offer an indication of student achievement comparable to that of the IB Diploma, all the level of achievements for each criterion can be added up to obtain a score between 0 and 32. Each score is then reduced to a 1-7 grade using the following table. Also note that IBDP follows the same grade range as MYP.
|1||1-5||Produces work of very limited quality. Conveys many significant misunderstandings or lacks understanding of most concepts and contexts. Very rarely demonstrates critical or creative thinking. Very inflexible, rarely using knowledge or skills.|
|2||6-9||Produces work of limited quality. Expresses misunderstandings or significant gaps in understanding for many concepts and contexts. Infrequently demonstrates critical or creative thinking. Generally inflexible in the use of knowledge and skills, infrequently applying knowledge and skills.|
|3||10-14||Produces work of an acceptable quality. Communicates basic understanding of many concepts and contexts, with occasionally significant misunderstandings or gaps. Begins to demonstrate some basic critical and creative thinking. Is often inflexible in the use of knowledge and skills, requiring support even in familiar classroom situations.|
|4||15-18||Produces good-quality work. Communicates basic understanding of most concepts and contexts with few misunderstandings and minor gaps. Often demonstrates basic critical and creative thinking. Uses knowledge and skills with some flexibility in familiar classroom situations, but requires support in unfamiliar situations.|
|5||19-23||Produces generally high-quality work. Communicates secure understanding of concepts and contexts. Demonstrates critical and creative thinking, sometimes with sophistication. Uses knowledge and skills in familiar classroom and real-world situations and, with support, some unfamiliar real-world situations.|
|6||24-27||Produces high-quality, occasionally innovative work. Communicates extensive understanding of concepts and contexts. Demonstrates critical and creative thinking, frequently with sophistication. Uses knowledge and skills in familiar and unfamiliar classroom and real world situations, often with independence.|
|7||28-32||Produces high-quality, frequently innovative work. Communicates comprehensive, nuanced understanding of concepts and contexts. Consistently demonstrates sophisticated critical and creative thinking. Frequently transfers knowledge and skills with independence and expertise in a variety of complex classroom and real-world situations.|
Steps followed before giving the final grade to the students in each subject:
- Creation of Summative assessment/ Term assessment task by teachers
- Performing the assessment task by teachers
- Making of marking scheme/Task specific clarification rubric
- Sharing of rubric with the students
- Students appearing for assessments
- Benchmarking of students’ work by all the teachers teaching that subject in that grade
- Checking of papers by individual teachers
- Moderation process is followed
- Professional judgement is taken together by all the teachers teaching in that grade.
- Final grade is awarded to the students
Process of Standardisation of assessment and awarding of final grade for the subject:
Having collected evidence of judgment based on a range of formative and summative assessments, term assesments and carefully considering the patterns in the data, the knowledge, concepts and skills consistently demonstrated by the student, teachers use their professional judgment in determining the final levels of achievement in each criterion. Internal standardization occurs before formally reporting the levels.
When using criterion-related assessment, student answers are placed where the majority of descriptors correspond to the student’s work. If the descriptors include many strands of an objective and student performance is at a high level on most of the strands but not all of them, teachers adopt a ‘best-fit’ model.
Assessing the Interdisciplinary Unit, will require teachers from different subjects to work together to produce rubrics and to co-grade each assessment. As noted in the MYP Guide to interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, there are four key areas for teachers to ground their assessments: Purpose, grounding, integration and thoughtfulness. IDU teachers must take all four areas into account when assessing student performance in IDU’s.
Reading books should be a part of the curriculum as well as the ethos of the school, because it adds to our school mission statement of Nurturing) Leaders through Primary Greatness, and also the IB mission – to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. We still believe that reading will play a significant role in achieving both of these goals.
Subject teachers will ensure the students are able to achieve this reading goal.
- Four Books to be read in this academic session.
- Two presentations to be made in each term.
- One of the four presentations will include parents participation. Parents will be invited for this participation.
Consequence –: Defaulters will not be allowed to appear for the term exams.
Decision regarding promotion of student to the subsequent grade:
The final decision regarding promotion of the student will be taken by HOS/Coordinator in consultation with the mentor teacher and subject teachers. For promotion to the subsequent grade, the student may be told to reappear in a specific subject/group of subjects(however it is not mandatory in every case and promotion might be given by HOS/Coordinator in some specific case without the student appearing for retest), if the Mentor teacher and the subject teacher are of the view that the student can improve his/her performance(if given a second chance). The final decision regarding promotion/retest will be taken by the HOS and will be considered as final.
Policy for Retake Examinations
Objective: For students who value their education and aspire to achieve better grades, retake examinations will give them an opportunity to do so. Students can learn from their mistakes and strive to improve their scores.
This will also give a clear understanding to all the stakeholders (students, teachers and parents) to frame the future plan of action for each student. The students can appear for the retake examination only if recommended by the Middle Year Program Coordinator.
Applicable to: All students from Grade 7 to 12
Values: Responsible and Excellence
For students of Grade 7 & 8
Retake examination will be recommended on the basis of the grades earned in the end of the year final examinations. This includes the Summative assessment scores achieved at the end of each unit.
Retake examinations can be taken in a subject if the student gets
- Grade 2 or less than 2 or
- Grade 1 (failing condition)
Grades in most subjects are available from 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 is failing condition. The reason we recommend retake examinations for grades lesser than 2 is that students will face difficulty in meeting the requirements of MYP eassessment. Secondly, the Diploma Program is very challenging, and so students getting grades 2 or less than 2 are likely to struggle to get the Diploma.
The school will recommend retake examinations to the candidate under the above conditions. The candidate and the parents together have to inform on the day of PTC, if they are interested in taking the retake examination.
The final decision lies with the parents and the student regarding the retake. If the parent chooses not to do retake exams, then they have to sign an undertaking Appendix 1 saying that they take complete responsibility for their childâ€™s learning and future academic performance.
- The retake examinations will be held in the last week of May or first week of June; the results of which will be declared within two weeks. Â The dates for the retake examination will be given at the time of PTC.
- It is mandatory for the parents and students to meet the MYPC on PTC, when there is a failing condition or grades in one or more than 1 subjects are less than 2.
- The highest score out of the 2 examinations taken will be considered, and the final end of the year report card will be modified accordingly.
If the performance improves after the retake examination, the student is promoted to the next grade. However in the case the performance after the retake isnâ€™t satisfactory, then:
- In the case of Grade 7 & 8, if even after giving the retake examination, the performance is the same – the school is likely to recommend to repeat the grade, especially if the student’s performance is poor across more than one subjects.
If the school and the parents disagree on the course of action to be taken, student may go on to the next grade, after the parents sign an undertaking Appendix 2 saying that they take complete responsibility for their child’s learning and future academic performance.
For students of Grade 9
The option of retake examination will be given to students if the final grade achieved in Final term(term 2) is as mentioned in the table below.
Conditions for retake examinations:
- Grade 2 or less than 2 or
- Grade 1 (failing condition)
Grades in all the subjects are available from 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1. The reason we recommend retake examinations for grades lesser than 2 is that students will face difficulty in meeting the requirements of MYP eassessment. Secondly, the Diploma Program is very challenging, and so students getting grades 2 or less than 2 are likely to struggle to get the Diploma.
- The retake examinations will be held in the last week of May or first week of June; the results of which will be declared within two weeks. The dates for the retake examination will be given at the time of PTC.
- It is mandatory for the parents and students to meet the MYPC on PTC, when the grades in one or more than 1 subjects are less than 2.
- The highest score out of the 2 examinations taken; will be considered and the final end of the year report card will be modified accordingly.
- If a student fails – gets 1 or gets less than 2 grade, he / she may choose to drop that subject altogether. In this case, retake examination does not hold true.
- This will help students to choose standard / extended component wherever applicable, and it will also serve as a guideline for their career choices, based on their aptitude.
- We can decide the number of subjects the student needs to take retake examination through discussion and mutual agreement.
- If the parents and the student decide that they do not want to give a retake examination, the parents have to sign an undertaking Appendix 1 saying that they take complete responsibility of their child’s learning and future academic performance.
- Even after the retake examination, grades do not improve, the undertaking Appendix 2 holds true.
- In case a student gets a 1 or 2 in one or more subjects the decision to promote / retain the student, to the next grade will be taken by HOS, based on his/her performance in the retake examination as well as attitude towards academics. In cases where the student has failed multiple subjects, a retention is very likely.
Students who require additional support
In such cases, the authorities discuss with the mentor teachers, subject teachers and the counsellor and provide access arrangements to the students, which may be in terms of giving extra time to the candidate, usage of word processor and / or others as prescribed by IB. While taking decision on this, student’s past record / performance and psychologist’s report (if any) will also be taken into consideration.
Absenteeism during term assessment
For candidate who miss his/her examination, the retake policy will apply only for the exams at the end of the year. This means that the students’ performance through the year will be taken into consideration while taking a decision regarding promotion for the next year. Performance includes – feedback by the teacher, formative assessment, summative assessment (end of the unit) levels. Further, in case the student has missed the examination in multiple subjects then the same rules will apply as in case of single subject.
The school will not reschedule exams under the following circumstances, even if prior information has been given about the same.
- Family function
- Out of town
- Death in the family
- Missed the bus
The school may decide to reschedule the examination or award the final grade based on students performance in summative assessments, under the following circumstances.
- If the student goes for a national event, approved by the school
- Sudden illness, accident or physical injury
Final decision regarding rescheduling of the exams lies with the school authorities. Parents cannot request for arranging a retest.
Also the school may or may not give the same paper for such retest. It is mandatory for the student to sign an undertaking before appearing for the retest that the student was having no access to the examination paper/s of that/those specific subject/s in which he/she has missed the examination/s and has not seen or heard about the content of the examination paper/s . In case the student is found guilty of misrepresentation of facts then appropriate punitive action will be taken against him/her which may include awarding zero marks or marking the candidate absent for that particular examination. Also in extreme cases, HOS have the right to expel student from the school. The decision of HOS will be considered as final in this case and no subsequent request will be entertained whatsoever.
In subjects, where there are more than one components(Exams), and if a candidate appears for anyone component, but not all components – then he/she will be marked absent for the entire examination. The marks of the component for which the student appeared for will not appear on the report card, but will be shared by the teacher with the student informally.
Instructions for students during internal as well as external examinations
- Students are expected to report (10 minutes before the start of the examination) at the examination venue.
- Students are not expected to talk or create any disturbance during the conduct of the examination. Not adhering to these instructions will be considered as malpractice and consequences as mentioned below shall apply.
- Students are expected to carry their own stationery. Borrowing of stationary during the examination is not allowed and will be considered as malpractice Â and consequences as mentioned below shall apply.
- Students are expected to check their pockets & pencil boxes for any extra academic related paper’s before entering the examination hall. Not adhering to these instructions will be considered as malpractice Â and consequences as mentioned below shall apply.
- Students who do not have any examination are not expected to come to school.
- Students who are free in between two examinations (on same day) are expected to be seated as instructed.
- Students are permitted to use their chromebooks in Senior library only during the transition time between 2 examinations.
- Students are not allowed to play or go to the grounds, after the examination is over.
- The students have to sit in the examination hall for at least 60 percent time of the total duration of the paper. For eg. if the duration of the paper is 1 hour, the students are expected to sit in the examination hall for at least 36 minutes. They can then leave the examination hall if they have finished writing the paper.
- Students are only allowed to bring transparent bottles, transparent pencil boxes and transparent writing pads. (applicable to all grades) Not adhering to these instructions shall be considered as malpractice and consequences as mentioned below shall apply.
- GDC covers are not allowed in the examination hall (Grade 9 to 12). Not adhering to these instructions will be considered as malpractice Â and consequences as mentioned below shall apply.
- Students need to keep their bags outside the examination wing. They are not allowed to keep it outside their examination classrooms. Students pockets will be checked by invigilator / support staff before they enter the examination wing.
- Students cannot carry any material in the examination hall other than the required stationery. Not adhering to these instructions will be considered as malpractice Â and consequences as mentioned below shall apply.
Guidelines for malpractice during examination and its consequence:
Malpractice consists of those acts which undermine the integrity and validity of exams and /or damage the authority of those responsible for conducting the assessment and certification. This refers to acts and omissions made by staff Â or students involved with the assessment process.
An act of misconduct by a candidate in relation to the examinations must be reported to MYP Coordinators, Senior school Vice Principal or Head of School.
Academic misconduct constitutes a breach of regulations that, if confirmed by the final award committee, will result in no grade being awarded in the subject and level concerned.
The following actions are examples of misconduct relating to the written examinations:
- stealing examination papers
- failing to obey the instructions of the coordinator/invigilator
- communicating with another candidate
- borrowing or lending resources in the examination room without permission from the invigilator
- helping or receiving help from another candidate
- impersonating another candidate
- possession of unauthorized material
- consulting material outside the examination room during a period of absence
- behaving in a way that may disrupt the examination or distract other candidates
- submitting work for assessment that is not authentic
- removing or attempting to remove from the examination room examination material, such as answer booklets or examination papers
- leaving the examination room without permission
- continuing to answer an examination paper when told to stop by an invigilator or the coordinator
- discussing the content of any examination paper with any person outside their immediate cohort within 24 hours after an examination ending
- attempting to either gain or solicit information about the content of an examination within 24 hours of the examination ending
The coordinator/ invigilator has the right to expel from the examination room any candidate whose behaviour is deliberately interfering with the proper conduct of the examinations.
- The student’s assessment work will be marked with the remark ‘Academic Misconduct’ with one line about the type of misconduct by the invigilator.
- Parents will be informed regarding this malpractice and the consequence (will be decided by Senior school leadership team comprising the MYP coordinators) which will be applied.
- Details to be mailed to the parents regarding the instance after verbal communication
- Subject teachers will have to mention the details in their comments and the same will be reflected in the reports.
- Procedure for the level deduction from the overall grade of that particular subject will be done through Nucleus (reporting software)
- Malpractice instance to be mentioned in the Coordinator’s comments.
- POs have to fill the observation form for students who are involved in Malpractice.
- A meeting to be scheduled of the students involved in malpractice with SSVP / HOS.
Undertaking for NOT appearing for Retake examination.
|I, the parent of ________________________, studying in ____________ do not want my ward to appear for the retake examination, even though the school recommends the same. I take complete responsibility for my ward’s learning, if h/she is promoted to the next grade.
Undertaking to be signed after the Retake examination
|I, the parent of ___________________, studying in ____________ take complete responsibility for my wardâ€™s learning, if h/she is promoted to the next grade. His/her performance in the retake examination has not been satisfactory yet I believe that he/she will be be able to meet the requirements of the next grade.
Draft Mail Format to be Used for sending Assessment – Achievement Levels for Formative and Summative
Instructions for Senior school Leader
Customise the blue font content in the Email Subject:
Subject Name– Grade 7 Unit- Number Formative/ Formative and Summative Assessment Achievement Levels
Format of Email Subject to be used
Subject Name– Grade 7 Unit- Number Formative/ Formative and Summative Assessment Achievement Levels
Format of Email Draft to be used