Assessment is seen as an integral element in the teaching/learning process. It is not an end in itself. OSC’s assessment procedures are based upon current educational philosophy and directly related to the school curriculum.
Assessment at OSC is continuous and cumulative. Its purpose is to:
- Enable staff, students and parents to see the degree to which the concepts, knowledge and skills required by various subject syllabi have been mastered with a view towards judging the student’s own progress against his/her own performance on similar tasks.
- Enable the teacher to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of teaching programmes, assist in the diagnosis of student strengths and weaknesses and provide relevant information about the variety of learning situations which are used to help students experience success.
- Encourage students to reach achievable goals and provide them with a sense of success and an indication of their potential in various learning areas.
Formative assessment is interwoven with the daily learning and helps teachers and children find out what the children know in order to plan the next stage of learning. Formative assessment and teaching are directly linked; neither can function effectively or purposefully without the other.
Summative assessment often takes place at the end of the teaching and learning process and gives children opportunities to demonstrate what has been learned. Summative assessments may include any combination of the following: acquisition of data, synthesis of information and the application of knowledge and processes.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
Students in Grades 2 – 5 participate in MAP testing in September and again in April. MAP tests are unique in that they are administered on-line and adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. With MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth. Your child will be tested in reading and mathematics. These tests are un-timed and take approximately 50 minutes to complete. For more information about MAP testing, please visit the official website: https://www.nwea.org/assessments/map/
OSC reporting schedule
Our reporting schedule for the school year is as follows:
- November: Three-way conferences
- December: Semester 1 report
- March: Three-way conferences
- May: Student-led conferences
- June: Semester 2 report
Three-way conferences These are usually formal and designed for students to be the centre of discussion involving their progress with their parents. Students focus on what they have achieved and the goal-setting process. Teachers and parents are then given the opportunity to highlight the student’s achievements and to determine how they can best help the student to meet goals at school and at home.
Student-Led conferences These are formal conferences where children are involved in discussing their work and their progress with their parents. The children will, with the support and guidance of the teacher, select the work (based on predetermined criteria) to be discussed. These conferences enable the children to reflect on and consolidate their progress and share the responsibility of informing their parents.
The PYP Exhibition All Grade 5 students engage in one unit of inquiry entitled “The Exhibition” as part of their six units of inquiry throughout the year. The subject of the exhibition inquiry is a real-world issue or problem, local or global, which is of sufficient scope and significance to warrant an extended investigation. The class will generate relevant and realistic proposals for solutions to the selected issue and in doing so students apply their learning of previous years. The PYP Exhibition provides the culminating experience of the learner’s engagement with the PYP and marks a rite of passage, both symbolic and actual, from the PYP to the Middle Years Programme (MYP).