As an MYP school, IICS uses criterion-referenced assessment based on student skills, not just content knowledge. Each subject has four assessment criteria and each criterion is graded out of a possible score of eight. As a criterion-referenced assessment, it is important to note that to convert student scores out-of-eight into percentages would be an inaccurate way to interpret these scores.
In the MYP, students are measured by their progress, NOT through an average of points earned. To do this, each subject has for assessment criteria (A, B, C, D) that measure students against certain standards or skills. As these objectives measure skills, students are assessed based on their level of consistent demonstration of skills. It is very important to note that as these scores are not calculated based on total points and average, student scores may seem lower than you might expect, but in reality are not. Any student achieving at a level four or five out of eight is achieving in line with the grade level expectation.
Each of the criteria for every subject has a total of five achievement bands (0 / 1-2 / 3-4 / 5-6 / 7-8). A score of 0-8 will be given to the student based on his or her most consistently demonstrated level of achievement. For example, if a student is achieving at a level of three at the start of the school year but improves to show consistent achievement at the level of eight, the student will receive a score of eight for that specific criterion, as it most accurately reflects their level of skill in that area at that time. Thus, the pressure is not on the student to “get it” right away, but rather reflects the MYP’s commitment to hard work, improvement, and progress.
Below are all of the assessment criteria for each subject used in the MYP. Each has a maximum achievement of eight.