The IB Middle Years Programme - page 4

MYP assessment from 2016
Along with the introduction of mandatory moderation of the
personal project, 2016 sees a change in the optional external
assessment for the MYP. The new optional MYP eAssessment
provides external evaluation for students in MYP year 5 (15–16
years old) that leads to the internationally recognized IB MYP
certificate.
MYP eAssessment represents a balanced, appropriately-
challenging model that comprises examinations and coursework.
Two-hour onscreen examinations in four subject groups
(language and literature, sciences, mathematics, individuals and
societies) and interdisciplinary learning are externally marked
by IB examiners, as is a portfolio of student work for courses
in language acquisition. Students also submit an ePortfolio of
coursework for a performance-oriented subject group (physical
and health education, arts, and design), which is moderated to
international standards.
These innovative assessments focus on conceptual
understanding and the ability to apply knowledge in complex,
unfamiliar situations. They offer robust and reliable assessment
of student achievement in the MYP.
IB quality assurance
Any school, or group of schools, wishing to offer one or more IB
programme must first be authorized to do so by the IB organization.
The requirements are the same for all schools, and the procedure
is designed to ensure that schools are well-prepared to implement
the programme(s) successfully. All IBWorld Schools are required to
participate in an ongoing process of review and development, using
the same programme standards and practices.
Services and support for schools
As part of its ongoing commitment to the development of a highly
skilled global learning community, the IB provides a wide range of
high-quality professional development opportunities to help new
and experienced school leaders and educators understand,
support and successfully deliver IB Programmes. To further support
professional development, IB educator certificates and IB leadership
certificates are offered for completing an IB recognized course of study
offered by a network of higher education institutions.
School leaders and educators can also serve as IB workshop leaders,
school visitors, consultants, examiners, moderators or curriculum
developers. Other ways to participate in the IB community include
sharing good practices in the online
IB Journal of Teaching Practice
and through blogs and other social media networks. Other IB services
include: access to curriculummaterials and related publications,
marketing support, networking opportunities, and assistance with
university and government recognition.
Assessment in the MYP: rigorous criteria,
applied consistently worldwide
MYP assessment standards are consistent around the world. In
order to maintain the rigour for which the IB is renowned, the MYP
assessment model is criterion-related. Teachers structure varied and
valid assessment tasks so that students can demonstrate achievement
according to objectives defined by the IB. Tasks are assessed against
established criteria, not against the work of other students.
A good curriculum develops a range of student skills. The MYP
encourages teachers to assess this acquired skill set, including
how to succeed in written examinations. Typical MYP assessment
tasks include open-ended, problem-solving activities and
investigations, organized debates, tests and examinations, hands-on
experimentation, analysis and reflection. MYP assessment is carried
out by teachers, according to the criteria defined by the IB.
International standards for assessment:
moderation and monitoring (through 2015)
All schools are responsible for developing appropriate assessments for
their students according to published MYP objectives and criteria.
IBWorld Schools offering the MYP participate in either moderation
or monitoring of assessment. The IB reviews and provides feedback
on each school’s internally-developed assessments, highlighting
areas in which the school is performing well, along with areas for
improvement.
External moderation validates final grades for records of achievement
and can lead to the awarding of MYP certificates. For moderation,
schools submit samples of assessed students’ work from each of the
MYP subject areas (along with the personal project) from the final year
of the programme to independent external moderators appointed by
the IB. Through this process, the IB ensures that schools and teachers
are using international MYP standards in assessing their students.
Monitoring of assessment provides support and guidance to schools
with regards to internal assessment procedures and practices. Schools
benefit from the expertise of trained moderators and experienced
MYP subject specialists. Monitoring of assessment helps schools apply
MYP assessment principles to their own local practices. (Monitoring of
assessment is not linked to validation of student grades.)
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