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Saturday, 19 January 2019

Assessment : How do we assess?

MYP assessments are criterion‐related as they are based on pre‐determined criteria that all students have access to. The aim of the criteria is for students to know what they need to do for optimal achievement. The MYP has different kinds of assessments:


Pre-assessment takes place at the beginning of instruction to find out what students already know in order to plan the next stage of learning.

Formative assessment is interwoven with the daily learning and provides both teachers and students with useful timely feedback on how well students understand and apply the new concepts, skills, and knowledge. It is also intended to inform teachers regarding the effectiveness of their practices. Formative assessments provide us with essential information regarding which students have learned each skill and which have not. They help us decide which students need additional support.


Common formative assessments play a vital role in the learning process for all PLC teams. They not only provide the team with timely information about how the students are performing but also provides them with a common ground to compare the results of their students with each other. It is an assessment created collaboratively by the team on common standards. This practice allows the team to discuss the results in light of how each teacher approached the standards and what strategies were the most effective. This discussion leads to intrinsic professional development and is connected directly to what the students and teachers need to move forward. Common formative assessments also facilitate a systematic response for the students who need additional support and modified instruction.


Summative assessment takes place at the end and/or middle of every unit of learning across disciplines. It gives the students opportunities to demonstrate what has been learned according to intended standards. Summative assessments may include any combination of the following: acquisition of data, synthesis of information, application of knowledge and processes which address multiple learning styles.


Standardized Assessments: These assessments are used as a means to evaluate teaching and monitor student progress. They are the basis for SMART goals in several subjects. They are part of the school’s ongoing plan to improve teaching and learning.

School Approved Internal Assessments:
In addition to the standardized assessments, Dhahran Ahliyya Schools also uses some school approved assessments that serve a similar purpose as the standardized assessments. These assessments are done internally either by the teachers or the school’s Research Unit. The following is a list of school approved assessments:

➢ Arabic Developmental Reading Assessment (Gr.6)
➢ Alquist Test (Math Gr.6,7)

Peer and Self-Assessment are interwoven throughout daily learning to engage students in reflection and assessment of their own learning and the learning of others. The students are given adequate time to reflect on their own and their peers’ progress in all subject areas, including the attributes expressed in the IB Learner Profile.

These types of assessment can take place through a variety of tasks including presentations, investigations, research, writing essays, performance, and examinations. In the MYP, student achievement is represented in the form of levels and not marks. The final level is determined by the teachers through what is called “the best fit approach”. Teachers decide on the level that best matches the student’s performance based on specific criteria and rubrics given to the students in advance.


How is the student achievement reported in MYP?
Reporting to parents and students occurs through Conferences (Teacher/Student) (Student Led) (Teacher/Parent), Mid-semester progress reports and End-of-semester reports.
Please refer to DAS assessment policy for detailed information

MYP Assessment Criteria

The MYP assessment criteria across subject groups can be summarized as follows. Each criterion has 8 possible levels that can be achieved. You can find more details in the subject section of this guide.

  • Art Achievement levels| PDF |
  • Design Achievement levels| PDF |
  • Language and literature Achievement levels-Arabic & English | PDF |
  • Mathematics Achievement levels| PDF |
  • Physical and health education Achievement levels| PDF |
  • Sciences Achievement levels| PDF |
  • Individuals and societies Achievement levels| PDF |

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