Summative assessments are tasks given to students at the end of a unit of work to test their understanding of the concepts covered and how well they have learned the planned outcomes.
Formative assessments are tasks given to students throughout a unit of work to check progress and to help fine-tune the teaching approaches and learning arrangements for the students so that they remain on target. These not only inform the teacher of a student’s progress but also of the effectiveness of the teaching approach and curriculum design.
Assessment from Preschool to Year 10 is internal. Teachers set a range of assessment tasks for students at all year levels. Students are advised of the nature of the task and its relevance to their overall results in advance. Consideration is given, when setting assignments, to students with learning difficulties.
Individual student assessment files are maintained from year to year. These enable teachers to plan their teaching around the needs of the class and each student. At primary level, student progress is measured against agreed benchmarks in line with the learning outcomes in the Australian curriculum.
In Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students can sit the Australian NAPLAN tests which provide assessment of student progress benchmarked back to student achievement levels in Australia.
External assessment through the IB Diploma program guarantees assessment standards.
Our learning program at AIS celebrates every student’s achievements. We believe that feedback is fundamental to effective learning, and to this end, our formal reporting process includes the following: