How is Assessment in Primary School Compared to Traditional Assessment?

5 May 2017

How is Assessment in Primary School Compared to Traditional Assessment?

5 May 2017

The system of assessment used in the Primary school, where students follow IB Primary Years Program, is different from the system used in traditional schools in Ukraine. Teachers assess students by selecting or designing methods of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes they intend to capture. Teachers also take into account the diverse, complicated and sophisticated ways that individual students use to develop and demonstrate their understanding.

Below is the comparison between traditional assessment and IB Primary Years Program assessment that is used in the primary years at The British International School Ukraine.

 Traditional Assessment IB PYP Assessment
Purpose To rank & compare students. To find out what students know and can do.
Types tests, exams, essays – mostly written tests, exams, essays, oral presentations, multimedia presentations, spreadsheets, drama, models, posters, interviews, videos, teaching others, documentaries…use of MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES
Preparation No knowledge of what would be assessed.  Revise everything! Students know ahead of time what will be assessed, and how it will be assessed.  Students have access to the standards (rubrics etc) that they must reach and know what they have to do to achieve a certain grade.
Timing At the end of a unit/semester/year First before we start a unit (pre-assessment),

then continuous assessments will happen throughout the unit (allowing for plenty of opportunities for correction, feedback and improvement) and finally a summative assessment at the end (usually project to check overall grasp of understanding).

What did it test? Rote memorization of Knowledge Knowledge, skills, concepts, attitudes and action (5 essential elements of the PYP)
What does it teach? Tests are scary, knowledge of everything is essential, high test scores = high intelligence; we need to be good at taking tests We can demonstrate our understandings in a variety of ways, everyone learns differently and everyone develops their understandings at a different rate.
What does it value? Marks, averages and Performance The learning process, the skills developed – when the content is forgotten, the skills remain.
Who is in control? Teachers Students
Learning is… Abstract, meaningless & easily forgotten Contextualised, connectable, meaningful, relevant & memorable

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