Assessment at DISV involves the process of identifying, collecting and analysing information about student learning, for identifying strengths and areas for future development. Our assessment reflects the philosophy of the IB and is underpinned by the vision, mission, values and aims of the school as articulated in the school learning and teaching strategy.
DISV believes that assessment is most effective when students are actively involved in the assessment process. Assessment should promote positive attitudes, encourage excellence, and contribute to the success of student learning. DISV teachers use a range of strategies and tools at age and stage appropriate levels to meet the diverse learning styles and needs of our multicultural student community.
We believe that assessment should take place during every stage of learning and provide prompt feedback to students, parents, and teachers. All members of the DISV learning community have a role to play in supporting quality student assessment.
At DISV we believe that effective assessment practices:
- Emphasise effort and achievement.
- Build learner confidence.
- Enable students to understand assessment tasks and criteria.
- Help students to understand the purpose of assessment.
- Actively involve students in self and peer assessment and reflection.
- Promote time management and learning outside of the classroom.
- Promote academic honesty.
- Enable students and teachers to identify strengths, areas for development, and suggest strategies for improvement.
- Result in prompt and regular feedback to students.
- Enable the teacher to build on prior learning.
- Inform teacher planning and resourcing.
- Enable the teacher to match the learning to the needs of the individual student.
- Enable the teacher to design assessment tasks based on defined learning outcomes.
- Take place before, during and after a unit of work, as appropriate.
- Make use of a variety of strategies and tools.
- Includes standardisation across subject areas and grade levels.
- Result in effective recording and sharing of assessment data.
- Track student progress throughout their school career.
- Inform parents about the effort and achievement of the student, giving strengths, areas for development, and strategies for improvement.
- Enable parents to actively support assessment processes.