At French International, we believe that assessment is integral to all teaching and learning. Through a wide variety of strategies, assessment includes a combination of summative, formative, and observation/anecdotal assessment tools that provide information about student learning and development as well as a framework for planning, self-reflection, and collaboration.
We believe that assessment:
- Promotes students' learning and allows students to be an active part of the learning process.
- Allows teachers to guide their instruction and to communicate progress with students and families.
- Shows evidence of a student’s growth, progress, learning, and development.
- Helps teachers gather a broad range of data on their students: knowledge, conceptual understanding, skills, attitudes, and actions.
- Is linked to appropriate learning objectives, and age-appropriate inquiry questions. These objectives are aligned with the French International School of Oregon curriculum, French standards, and IB requirements.
Responsibilities Relating to Assessment
- Ensure that teacher feedback can be used to improve learning, teaching, and assessment
- Ensure that families are aware of the assessment policy
- Provides resources and time to consolidate student learning
- Support new teachers in understanding French International assessment practices
- Review the French International assessment policy annually
- Provide regular opportunities for teachers to collaboratively develop quality assessments
- Ensure that students and families understand assessment procedures (including age-appropriate criteria, descriptors, and ATL)
- Use feedback to inform their teaching and inform students of their areas of strength and improvement
- Give feedback regularly and promptly following assessment tasks
- Plan and design assessments based on objectives and criteria and standardize and calibrate their assessment where possible
- Decide and design task-specific rubrics with accessible student language vocabulary
- Reflect and review the assessment used in order to determine its effectiveness in meeting student needs
- Understand and embrace that achievement levels or grades do not reflect who you are as a learner but where you are in your learning journey
- Focus on growth: your achievement level vs your grade
- Understand how to use feedback from assessments to inform their growth in each subject area
- Feel comfortable asking for help on how they can improve skills and set appropriate goals
- Understand rubrics given for assessment when applicable
- Use tools to give effective peer feedback
Parents, Legal Guardians:
- Understand and embrace that achievement levels (grades) do not reflect who your child is as a learner but where they are in their learning journey
- Encourage your child to ask teachers for help if they are having difficulties with concepts and skills
- Read and discuss the French International Assessment policy with your child where age-appropriate
- Understand what rubrics and other assessment tools are and how they are used to improve student learning
- Encourage child to seek out their teachers if there are questions on how they were assessed