Assessment & Reporting

The purpose of assessment at Discovery College is to judge student achievement and to provide information on how to improve student learning. Assessment is the ongoing process of gathering evidence for and of learning. This evidence is used to give recognition and timely feedback to the learners and all other stakeholders. Assessment reflects the best practices that support the learner and the teacher in the promotion of student achievement. 

Primary Years Programme

In the Primary Years Programme, reports are issued across three terms. Reporting in Primary includes achievement outcomes for Mathematics, Language, 5/6 Units of Inquiry, as well as Single Subject outcomes. In all areas, student effort levels are also reported.

 

Three times a year parents receive a written comment describing their child as a learner, along with the next steps for their child to learn and develop.

There are three opportunities for face to face reporting across the year: a Parent Teacher Interview, Three-Way Conferences, and a Student-Led Conference, which allow for discussion about student progress and next steps.

 

Seesaw and Google Classroom, where applicable, are also used as an ongoing portfolio tool to provide parents with examples of learning and progress throughout the year.

Middle Years Programme

In the Middle Years Programme courses are divided into different Units of Inquiry (UOI). For each UOI, ongoing reporting information is available that conveys the student’s achievement in that UOI.

 

Assessment in the MYP is criterion-related, reflecting contemporary educational theory regarding assessment. Each subject in the MYP has its own assessment criteria that are age, level and task specific, based on core learning aims and objectives for that subject. Criterion-related assessment compares student achievement with pre-determined criteria that provide guidelines for each individual student to understand and assess their strengths and achievements in a specific area. This method of student assessment helps learners plan their next steps for learning and set goals for improvement. In addition, reports are issued after Semester 1 and Semester 2 to give an MYP grade summary for the Semester.

 

Three-way Conferences also allow for discussion with teachers about student progress in each area of the curriculum. The Evidencer is used where relevant to build an ongoing picture of student learning.

 

To receive a Semester 1 report, a student must be enrolled at Discovery College up to 30 November.  To receive a Semester 2 report, they must be enrolled up to 31 May.

Diploma Programme  and Career-Related Programme

During both the Diploma Programme and the Career-related Programme, reports are issued several times a year indicating student achievement information in each course the student is taking. The first and third reports (“Quarterly Reports”) apply to the previous quarter, while the second and fourth reports (“Semester” Reports) apply to the whole Semester leading up to the report.  Year 13s do not receive a Quarter 3 report due to the presence of final exams at the end of the year.

 

Three-Way Conferences also allow for discussion with teachers about student progress in each area of the curriculum. The Evidencer is used where relevant to build an ongoing picture of student learning.

 

To receive a Semester 1 report, a student must be enrolled at Discovery College up to 30 November. To receive a Semester 2 report, they must be enrolled up to 31 May.