Online testing will be conducted in Fall and Spring each year.
students will sit common exams at the end of semester one and semester two based on content taught throughout each semester. The purpose of these exams is to help students become aware of exam preparation and practice for their transition into the following year.
Exams will be completed in the following core subject areas: English, Math, Science, Arabic, Social Studies , and Islamic. The exams will be written by Teachers and moderated by coordinators and Head of Academic Department.
Examination results will not affect report grades but results should align with results given by teachers based on grade level expectations. Examinations will be one hour and a half in length and will be held during the first week of ‘exam week’.
Grade Level Expectation Judgments
Teachers should use a variety of strategies to assess students’ performance against grade level expectations. The judgments teachers make should be supported by student results and other documents to help teachers assess student performance the following types of assessment should be used during each unit of study: Unit Tests; Performance Tasks; Teacher Observation
End of Unit tests should include a progression of questions ranging from recall to application of knowledge and higher order thinking questions. Common marking schedules should be used.
Age appropriate performance tasks should be used to assess student’s mastery of skills/standards. These may include: group work, research task, presentation, experiment, written task etc. Rubrics should be used when appropriate to assess performance tasks.
Teachers may use teacher observation to judge a student’s ability to compete or carryout a particular skill/standard. Rubrics can be used to help judge student performance. Teacher observation should be recorded using a suitable record such as observation checklist.
Accountability and Records – Student Tracking
Teachers in all subjects are expected to use formative and summative assessment types to complete tracking of individual student progress on a daily basis. This may include the use of either:
• Skills or standards checklists OR
• Progression Rubric/Learning Journey
Student tracking systems is designed and monitored by teachers.
It is very important that the skill is demonstrated using application of knowledge questions and critical thinking to avoid ‘over estimating’ a student’s academic level.