Assessment describes the processes through which teachers collect information about student learning, attitudes to learning and behaviour.
The purpose of assessment is many-fold:
- To enable educators to make decisions about teaching and learning
- To allow schools to support individual student needs
- To enable schools to make informed decisions about curriculum effectiveness and to plan for curriculum development
- To collect useful information about teaching and learning across the school
At ISA, many methods are used, including tests and quizzes, interviews, photographs, samples of work, dictation, running records of reading, teacher observation (collected notes).
Although there are learning goals for each grade level, children are assessed in relation to their own ability and progress. Each student is at a different point when they join the class, they will all progress, but not at the same pace. It is the teacher’s job to keep track of this progress every step of the way and to design learning experiences that will help the child to move along in his understanding and in his skill development.