In PYP, the main objective of assessment is to provide feedback on the learning process and to inform teaching. Teachers in the primary department of the International School carry out all of the assessment of student work. There are no external examinations.
Assessment in the PYP is a continuous process used to determine a student’s learning at various stages. Assessment guides students through the essential elements of the PYP, providing feedback on the learning process. It is multi-faceted, on-going and balanced.
We use three different types of assessment in the PYP. Assessment for, assessment of and assessment as learning. Assessment for and assessment as learning focus on formative assessment and the journey the students take. Assessment of learning focuses on the summative assessment which provides opportunities for the students to demonstrate what they have learned at the end of a unit of inquiry.
Each child will have a portfolio of achievements and accomplishments which documents their educational progress. In the final year of PYP, all students carry out an extended, collaborative inquiry project known as the PYP Exhibition. Both the portfolio and the PYP Exhibition form part of the assessment process.