• Kyrene Middle School

    Assessment Policy

     


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    Kyrene Middle School is a candidate school* for the MYP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education - that we believe is important for our students. *Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be grante

     

    Kyrene Middle School
    International Baccalaureate Candidate School
    Middle Years Programme

     

    Assessment Policy

     

    Programme standards and practices

    Standard B1.5:

    The school develops and implements policies and procedures that support the programme

    Standard B1.5c:

    The school has developed and implements an assessment policy that is consistent with IB expectations

    Standard C2.10:

    The written curriculum integrates the policies developed by the school to support the programme

    Standard C4.1a:

    The school uses the prescribed assessment criteria for each students group in each year of the programme

    Standard C4.2:

    The school communicates its assessment philosophy, policy and procedures to the school community

    Standard C4.9:

    The school has systems in place to ensure that all students can demonstrate a consolidation of their learning through the completion of the Community Project

    Assessment Philosophy

    Kyrene Middle School’s assessment philosophy directly correlates to the two mission statements below.

    IB Mission Statement:

    The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

    To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

    These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

    Kyrene Middle School’s Mission Statement:

    Our mission at Kyrene Middle School is to prepare students for life in the 21st century by fostering personal growth and their development of skills for communication, thinking, research, collaboration, and emotional stability.  We are committed to global learning with an understanding of diverse cultures.

    Assessment Principles

    At Kyrene Middle School, we believe that:

    • All students can learn
    • Assessments monitor the progress of student learning
    • Assessments can determine the effectiveness of the teaching
    • Assessments allow for the school community to evaluate their students’ progress
    • Assessments provide feedback to the school community in order to drive  instruction and improve student study habits
    • Assessments show evidence of learning for school community and stakeholders alike
    • Multiple forms of assessment be used in the classroom to address varied learning styles
    • Assessments are clear, concise, and grade-level appropriate
    • Assessments  assess mastery of the CCRS standards
    • Teachers, administrators, parents, and students all have access to student grades using Synergy

    Purposes of Assessment

    The single most important purpose of an assessment is to support and encourage student learning. Assessments achieve this by providing feedback to the student and teacher. Assessments aim to identify what students know, understand, can do and feel at different stages in the learning process, and to provide a basis for practice.  Assessments in any form are designed to be indicators of learning progress and measure achievement through the standards, objectives and criterion for each subject group.  Assessments are critical tools used to provide teachers, administrators, parents, and students with information to support student learning.

    Students at Kyrene Middle School are expected to be lifelong learners.  Assessment plays a role in this. Assessment helps develop Learner Profile attributes in that in order for our students to be knowledgeable, they need to be thinkers.  This critical and creative thinking is monitored through assessments, both formative and summative. Assessments also help develop Approaches to Learning Skills as they promote research skills, organization skills, reading critically, and working collaboratively.

    Types of Assessments at Kyrene Middle School

    KMS teachers use a variety of testing methods to assess growth, knowledge, and application of skills. Formative assessments are used on a daily basis at Kyrene Middle School.  The purpose of formative assessments is help drive the instruction for the teacher. It also shows the students’ progression toward mastery. Once a teacher analyzes the formative data, they have a better understanding about whether they should proceed or re-teach, or regroup.  Examples of formative assessments are class discussions, pre/mid/post tests, teacher-made quizzes and tests, exit tickets, quick writes, and individual whiteboards.

    Summative assessments are given at the end of a given unit.  The purpose of a summative assessment is to evaluate mastery of standards, concepts, and skills taught. Examples of summative assessments are projects, presentations, essays, and end-of-the-unit tests.  The level of mastery is determined by the outcome and is recorded in Synergy which is an electronic grade book to which teachers, administrators, students, and parents have access.

    Students at Kyrene Middle School must participate in external assessments, too.  Students take interim assessments which are district assessments. These are given every 6-8 weeks and assess standards that mirror the standards that the teachers are teaching at the time (according to curriculum guides).  These are to be used formatively as teachers can see the assessment prior to, during, and after the assessment has been given. The teachers analyze the data to determine what needs to be re-taught, whether the DOK level of their own questioning matches, and how effective their teaching of the standards/skills is.  KMS students also take the AZ Merit standardized assessment in April. This assessment is one that measures the standards deemed most important for students to master within a particular grade level.

    Grade Reporting

    Kyrene School District holds communication with its stakeholders very seriously.  Kyrene Middle School is no different. KMS uses an electronic grade book, Synergy, to record grades.  Teachers, administrators, parents, and students have access to this grade book. Additionally, Progress Reports go out mid-quarter, Report Cards go out at the close of each quarter, and Parent-Teacher Conferences are held twice per year; once in October and again in March.

    Homework

    Homework is assigned to students throughout the year.  The purpose of homework is to reinforce and practice what was taught in class that day.  Homework is sometimes used for grade generation, but is mainly used formatively to help the teacher gauge where the students are in their learning of a skill, concept, or standard.

    Responsibilities

    Student:

    • Develop study skills (practice, review, reflect) to further the potential for success
    • Show responsibility by proactively, seeking clarification, guidance, and support from teachers , peers, and parents
    • Develop time management skills by adhering to deadlines given by the teachers and organizing the due dates in the weekly planner
    • Maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in all courses. Specific programs of instruction have their own requirements for grade point average
    • Strive to exhibit attributes of the Learner Profile in your school and social life
    • Successfully complete all assessments, formative, summative, and external

    Parent

    • Discuss assignments and assessments with students frequently to show support and encouragement
    • Monitor student progress weekly using Synergy Parent Portal
    • Encourage the completion of homework as a practice/review/extension of the learning.
    • Communicate with the teacher if questions or conflicts arise so that they may be addressed in a timely matter.

    Teacher

    • Assign meaningful assessments
    • Ensure the students have adequate time and materials for the assessments
    • Ensure students have had appropriate instruction of, and interaction with, the skill, concept, or standard
    • Provide timely feedback, both written and verbal, on assignments and assessments
    • Work with PLC to assess instructional strategies, complete RTL plans/strategies, prepare CFAs, and conduct data chats to aid in student success.
    • Report grades in a timely manner to the Synergy Electronic Gradebook
    • Communicate frequently with students and parents regarding student progress.

    IB Coordinator

    • Provide training for Approaches to Learning Skills and Learner Profile attributes
    • Provide lessons that can be explicitly taught for student understanding of ATL skills, LP attributes and Global Contexts.
    • Track unit planner data to determine gaps in learning and attend PLCs to address
    • Arrange for PLC time to plan and reflect on teaching and assessments (all admin)
    • Train teachers in IB Progress Reports to be given out twice per year
    • Train teachers in scoring using IB objectives and criterion

    Head of School (Principal)

    • Set reasonable achievement goals
    • Ensure supports (intervention, groups, alternate advisory, counselor) are in place for students to maximize their potential for success
    • Help to collect data from external assessments to disseminate to teachers
    • Attend PLCs to review and reflect on 90 day plan, RTL plans, and reflection on instructional strategies

    Connections to other Policies

    Academic Honesty Policy - Students will adhere to the academic honesty policy when completing class assignments, homework, projects, and all assessments.

    Inclusion Policy - Teachers will follow the requirements outlined in a student’s  IEP or 504 plan and the Inclusion Policy when writing or delivering an assessment

    Once approved, the Assessment Policy will be posted to Kyrene Middle School’s webpage.

     

    Reviewed on 12/112018 by:

    IB Implementation Team

    School Administrators

     

    Approved on: 12/11/2018

     

    Next Review: December  2018

     

    References:

    IB Coordinator Support Material, IBO, 2014

    Assessment Policy for Vanguard High School. Marion County Public Schools.

     

Last Modified on December 11, 2018