Assessment & results
The purpose of assessment at the British International School in Ukraine is to improve student learning, to provide information about this learning and to contribute to the efficacy of learning programmes. Students and teachers are actively engaged in assessing the students’ progress as part of the development of their wider critical thinking and self-assessment skills.
There is a balance between formative and summative assessment and opportunities are provided for both peer and self-assessment.
Formative assessment provides information that is used in order to plan the next stage in learning. It is interwoven with learning, and helps teachers and students to find out what the students already know and can do. This process helps learners to improve knowledge and understanding, to foster self-motivation and enthusiasm for learning, to engage in thoughtful reflection, to develop the capacity for self-assessment, and to recognise the criteria for success.
Summative assessment is the culmination of the teaching and learning process, and gives the students opportunities to demonstrate what has been learned. Depending on the subject, summative assessment activities can include: Presentations, Debates, Written assignments, Practical work, Exhibitions, Examinations, Tests.
Teachers use a range of methods to document the evidence of student learning and understanding. This can at times include video, audio, photographs and graphic representations. Teachers can also have written records of standard conversations, comments, explanations and hypotheses as well as annotated pieces of students’ work that form part of a student portfolio.
Communicating what students know, understand and can do to parents, students and teachers occurs through:
- Parent Information Evenings
- Report cards
- Written reports.
- Conferences (parent-student-teacher, student-teacher and student-led)
- The Portfolio
- The Exhibition (Primary Year 6 only).
- Ad hoc meetings with parents as required
British International School in Ukraine uses a number of international assessment tools to monitor student and school achievement standards. For the Primary years the main tools are the online assessment programmes known as INCAS. They are administered by the University of Durham assessment centre known as CEM. In addition PM benchmarking is used. At IGCSE and IB level internal written assessments will be largely based on the requirements of the external examinations that students will sit at the end of years 11 and 13 respectively.
Assessment in Ukrainian Programme
British International School in Ukraine does adhere to national requirements laid out by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education. Year 5 and 10 students take the State Final Examination of Ukraine (SFE) which are a set of graduation exams that must be completed in the final year of the primary school (Year 5) and the final year of secondary school (Year 10). Year 12 students take the Independent Evaluation Examination of Ukraine (IEE).
The Ministry of Education also dictates that the teachers of Ukrainian programme use a scale to mark students level of educational achievements throughout the year. This scale ranges progressively from 1 to 12 and gives a general criteria for each score. These scores are acquired throughout the term and are used to determine students report marks. They are made available to parents and shared with them three times a year.
Additionally beyond the national requirements set in place by the Ministry of Education, Ukrainian teachers at BISU are expected to use the various above mentioned PYP tools and strategies to assess the essential elements of learning.