PYP Coffee Morning - Assessment in the ES

PYP Coffee Morning - Assessment in the ES
Michael Hughes

An overview of some of the qualitative and quantitative assessments used in the elementary school to determine students' levels of achievement and to identify next steps in learning. 

This morning we held a Coffee Morning to explore some of the different assessments administered throughout the year in the elementary school. 

We started by looking at the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests students take three times a year.  It was explained that, although it is just one piece of the puzzle, the quantitative data the MAP tests provide can give a snapshot into a how well a student is progressing and what they are achieving in the different subject areas (mathematics, reading and language use).  For a more detailed explanation of the MAP data that is shared with parents, please see the slideshow, below, or read our previous post on 'What to Expect with your Daughter's Report Card'. 

We also discussed the other, more qualitative forms of assessments that are administered on an ongoing basis. Known as formative assessment, these kinds of assessment can take many forms and provide students and teachers with information that help them to answer the three visible learning questions posted in every homeroom: 

  • Where am I going?
  • How am I doing?
  • Where to next?

For detailed examples of all these kinds of assessments, please view the slideshow of today's Coffee Morning, below. 

We'd like to thank all the mums and dads for taking time from their busy schedule to join us this morning and look forward to working with you to further support your daughter's next steps in learning. 


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