Assessments are an integral part of teaching and learning. All primary school students will be assessed using standardised tests in English, Mathematics and Mandarin at the start of the school year in January/ February.
In June and November standardised testing will help the teachers to understand individual as well as group needs in order to amend the programme of learning for the second half of the year. Regular formative assessments will be used as a reflective tool by the students and teachers to help scaffold learning as well as help students take ownership of their learning. Assessments are done during the class time as part of regular teaching and learning. Assessment practices can include pre-assessment, formative and/or summative assessments, along with diagnostic assessment if required. A range of strategies and tools are used to gather information about students’ learning. These may include but not limited to regular observations, documentation and analyses of learning journeys through discussions, projects and/or other classroom work, written tests, portfolios etc.
Each topic or unit of inquiry will end with a summative assessment to determine the students’ growth and understanding of the unit specific concepts, knowledge, skills and attitude. Action is an important component and students’ action will be encouraged and celebrated as they apply their learning to meaningful contexts. Parents are encouraged to share actions taken at home by their children as a result of the learning, with the teachers. The students’ learning journeys are shared with the parents through portfolios in Terms 2 and 4, Parent-teacher conference in Term 1, next steps in learning’ reflection session in Term 3 and Student-led conference in Term 4. Progress reports are issued twice a year in June and December. The teachers encourage parental involvement through review and reflect on their child’s learning by encouraging discussions at home with the child. Teachers’ fortnightly newsletters help parents develop an understanding of the class programme. It is vital to keep in mind that not all students may be at the same starting point in their learning journeys and the distance covered by the individuals is as important as the milestones reached.
Monitoring of Learning and Student Development
Middleton International School shall monitor the academic performances of the students and use the data collected to review its processes so as to continually provide high-quality educational services. It also reviews how the school monitors students’ development and takes appropriate actions for students who have not met required standards.