Anyone who is interested in children’s learning has to be interested in assessment
Tracking student progress
If we do not know where children are starting from, how can we tell where they have reached? And if we do not know where they have reached, how can we tell the progress they have made? Regular assessment of individual progress is a cornerstone of ensuring teaching is constantly adapted to the changing needs of individual students.
Assessment at AWIS includes a mix of formative and summative assessment; each allows us to gather a range of important data that is used to continually improve the teaching and learning happening in school. Summative Assessment identifies the standard of attainment at a particular point in time e.g. end of unit, term or year. We use this information to track progress and report back to parents.
We firmly believe, however, that the overall purpose of assessment is to improve standards, not merely measure them. Formative Assessment is an integral part of our teaching and learning program and is an invaluable tool to promote effective further learning. This form of assessment is continual and enables us to set targets, whether class, group or individual, for further development to take place.
Termly reports keep parents regularly appraised of the progress of their child, assessed against the English National Curriculum. These are followed by Teacher-Parent Conferences, where you have the opportunity for one-on-one feedback and discussion with the teachers.
We use periodic external assessments to benchmark our own internal data against the wider world. This ensures the attainment grades we issue are comparable to those issued by other UK-curriculum schools.
Each year, all our students in Years 2 and 5 sit standardised diagnostic tests in English and Mathematics administered by GL Assessment. These provide very specific benchmarking data on where each child is in their learning, and how this compares with their contemporaries, both within Qatar and the wider world. We use this data to validate our own assessment decisions, to ensure we are being accurate and objective when measuring student attainment and progress.
The school also participates in the TIMMS and PERLS benchmarking studies. These collect comparative worldwide data on student attainment, once every 4 years. An article on our excellent results in the most recent tests can be found here.