How are our MYP students (grades 6 - 10) assessed at CA? And as a parent, how do we know how our child is doing, and how we can support them at home?
MYP uses criterion-based assessment. Criterion means 'a sign' or something that helps us to assess and gives us compliance. These criteria are the same for any MYP school- these are not made up but rather mandated by the International Baccalaureate programme. Each subject has four criteria, and the MYP student is assessed in all four. Keep in mind, though, that a project/test/assessment might only be assessed using one (or even all) criterion.
The criteria are slightly different across each subject, however in general terms Criterion A involves knowledge and understanding, Criterion B focuses on investigating, designing, and organizing, Criterion C is producing, communicating and performing, while Criterion D is thinking critically, reflecting, and responding. Students are assessed in each criteria in each subject.
By breaking down a subject into four discrete criteria, students have greater opportunity to demonstrate their depth of understanding. For example, a student may have a good understanding of a concept but might have difficulty in seeing its application in 'the real world'. The student would be assessed highly in Criterion A but lower in Criterion D.
Students are assessed in each criterion multiple times over the semester. Each criterion is given one 'best fit' score that captures how well the student performed in each area. The four criteria scores are then combined into a single score. This score is then converted into a 1-7 grade for each subject.
While the single final grade is informative, much can be gained by looking at each criterion score. It is here where you will most clearly see your child's strengths and opportunities for growth in each subject.
Just as importantly, each MYP student is also assessed using our Approaches to Learning (ATLs). At CA the ATLs are a common language for students and teachers to use when reflecting and building on the process of learning. The ATLs include collaboration, independence and initiative, as well as organization.
With the inclusion of the four criteria as well as the three ATLs in each subject area, we hope that this information will provide a clear understanding of your child's performance and interests as well as a path for engagement and improvement.