Assessment in the Middle Years Programme (MYP)
Westlake Academy MYP believes in the use of a range and balance of assessment strategies applying a criterion-related model, designed to reflect clear student learning outcomes based on the curriculum units and the acquisition of skills, which are clearly aligned with the IBO scope and sequence documents and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. The MYP’s assessment philosophy is based on the premise that all students can learn and be successful and that student gains are paramount to effectively accomplishing Westlake Academy’s vision of helping students “achieve their highest individual potential.”
The MYP understands that student learning is not complete without providing timely and appropriate descriptive feedback throughout the learning process. Assessment is criterion-related which places the focus on the level of understanding that students can demonstrate with regard to skills and concepts learned, rather than on the number of questions students can answer correctly.
Formative assessment takes place during the teaching and learning process. It provides the information needed to adjust teaching and learning.
Summative assessments are generally given at the end of a unit of inquiry to determine the degree to which the students have mastered the specified objectives.
Assessment Strategies and Tasks
The MYP values the use of a variety of formative and summative assessment strategies and tasks. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Class discussions
- Research Papers
- Lab Reports
The MYP curriculum is assessed using a criterion related approach. Each subject has four objectives that are assessed using IB designed criteria. Teachers use a combination of formative and summative assessments in the MYP. Formative assessments are integrated into daily classroom lessons and activities. Summative assessments occur at the end of each unit and enable students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of their learning. The MYP send home written reports four times a year, however students and parents are able to electronically access student progress on a daily basis through ManageBac.