Lincoln Middle,

an IB World School

Poudre School District IB Middle Years Program Assessment Policy

The following assessment policy is available to all sections of the Poudre School District MYP community and shares all assessment practices.

I.  Assessment Beliefs and Values:  MYP assessment practices at Lesher Middle School, Lincoln Middle School, and Poudre High School reflect the following beliefs about teaching and learning:

A.  Assessment should be learner-centered:

  • Assessment practices take into account different learning styles, abilities and aptitudes.
  • Assessment is authentic and provides opportunities for students to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do.
  • Assessment practices recognize and account for cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Assessment is designed to assist students’ development of critical thinking and self-evaluation skills and provide them with opportunities to guide their learning and inquiry.

B.  Assessment should be a shared process:

  • Students are fully aware of how they will be assessed at all stages of the learning process.
  • Students are given opportunities to engage in both peer and self-assessment.
  • Assessment enables ongoing collaborative reflection between students, teachers and parents, recognizing that each plays a role in the learning process.
  • Assessment data is used as the foundation for staff development and collaborative inquiry.

C.  Assessment should provide meaningful feedback:

  • The assessment process provides students with accurate and prompt feedback about their current levels of achievement and what they need to do to improve.
  • Assessment is tied directly to both the MYP aims and objectives of each subject area and Colorado Model Content Standards.
  • Assessment provides teachers with information to reflect upon and drive instructional practices.

II. Common Assessment Practices:

A.  Planning for assessment:

  • Assessment is integrated into all parts of planning, teaching and learning in all content areas.
  • The levels of students’ current knowledge and experience are assessed before the introduction of new learning.
  • Assessment is vertically and horizontally articulated throughout the programme to ensure age appropriateness and skill development -- assessment tasks progress in level of complexity in both content and thinking skills.
  • Teachers plan assessment tasks collaboratively, both within and across subjects.
  • Assessment is aligned with the MYP aims and objectives toensure that the subject-specific content will enable students to achieve the required objectives in each subject group.

B.  Assessment strategies:

  • Teachers use a variety of assessment strategies to allow students to demonstrate their learning including, but not limited to:  extended response items, oral and visual presentations, portfolios, etc.
  • Assessment is grounded in real-world experiences and/or applications.
  • Assessments are differentiated to meet the needs of all learners (i.e. SPEd, ELL, GT, etc.)
  • Assessment focuses on both the learning process and the final demonstration of learning by each student.

C.  Analysis of assessment:

  • Assessment data is used for the purpose of identifying whole-school programme goals.
  • Assessment data is used to set goals that address students’ learning needs, plan curriculum and drive instruction which and therefore increase effective teaching, and overall student learning.
  • Assessment practices are regularly reviewed in light of programme development.
  • Samples of assessed student work are externally monitored by the IB to ensure accurate interpretation of assessment criteria.

D.  Feedback and reporting on assessment:

  • Assessment is criterion-related in all MYP subjects. Students are provided with rubrics that define expectations and align with the appropriate criteria across all content areas.
  • Students are assessed against each of the MYP criteria a minimum of twice over the course of the year in all subject areas.
  • Students are informed about final levels of achievement in all of the MYP criteria in year 5 of the programme.
  • Through various methods (i.e. electronic grade books, one-on-one conferencing, peer assessment, etc.), students are provided with accurate and prompt feedback about their current levels of achievement and how/what they need to do to improve.
  • Assessment is recorded at all sites using electronic grade book programs; the grade books are accessible to parents and students at all times through Pinnacle Internet Viewer.

III. MYP Assessment Practices at Lesher and Lincoln Middle Schools -- years 1- 3 of the programme

A.. MYP Criteria:

  • Lincoln and Lesher have developed modified IB MYP assessment criteria to reflect age and developmental appropriateness for 6th – 8th grade across all content areas
  • Criteria are made available to all students and parents/guardians.

B.  Grading Practice and Reporting

IV.  MYP practices at Poudre High School -- years 4-5 of the programme

Students at Poudre High School are graded on a 4-point scale that correlates to letter grades (A - F). Teachers provide students with multiple opportunities throughout the year to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and attitudes using the MYP assessment criteria. IB MYP teachers grade student work using the MYP assessment criteria for their course. At the 10th grade level, final levels of achievement are in each criteria are totaled and used to determine students’ award of the MYP certificate.

Lesher Middle School and Lincoln Middle School

  • Both schools use a percentage based grading scale to report quarterly grades on student report cards. 
  • Student grades and performance are always available to students/parents/ guardians via the web based Pinnacle Internet Viewer system.
  • Content area classes implement assessments that are scored with rubrics that align with the Colorado State Academic Standards and support the IB MYP criteria for their content area and grade level. 
  • Rubric scores and overall student performance are then converted to the percentage based grading system.

*Note* -- Lincoln and Lesher is in a transition stage of converting to standards based grading across all content areas and grade levels.

 

IV.  MYP practices at Poudre High School -- years 4-5 of the programme

Students at Poudre High School are graded on a 4-point scale that correlates to letter grades (A - F). Teachers provide students with multiple opportunities throughout the year to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and attitudes using the MYP assessment criteria. IB MYP teachers grade student work using the MYP assessment criteria for their course. At the 10th grade level, final levels of achievement are in each criteria are totaled and used to determine students’ award of the MYP certificate