Assessment in the PYP: Annotated samples

Overview

The International Baccalaureate (IB) would like to acknowledge the contributions of schools, staff and students. The IB will be adding further examples of units of inquiry to this site. Please contact pyp.curriculum@ibo.org for information on how to submit related sample materials that you have been developing in your school.

Sample 1


Recording

Student-developed checklist


Effective assessments engage students in reflecting on their learning and give both students and teachers an opportunity to analyse learning and understand what needs to be improved.


In this example students are designing criteria for a checklist they used to self-assess their learning.

Sample 2


Assessing

Student work identifying persuasive devices


Effective assessments assess students’ prior knowledge of the central idea and lines of inquiry.


In this example students were asked to select an advertisement and analyse the images and text for persuasive devices.

Sample 3


Recording

Student-developed continuum


Effective assessments involve students in the assessment process.


In this example students were fully involved in developing criteria for successful completion of an assessment task.

Sample 4


Assessing
Recording

Teacher-developed overview of unit assessment


Effective assessments are thoughtfully planned.


In this example the teaching team designed an overview in order to reflect on the range and balance of assessment strategies and tools used throughout the unit of inquiry.

Sample 5


Reporting

Written report


Effective assessments report on transdisciplinary learning.


In this example the written report developed by the school highlights their commitment to transdisciplinary learning as well as subject-specific learning.

Sample 6


Recording

Teacher-developed recording sheet


Effective assessments address the essential elements.


In this example the teaching team developed a tool to organize and record students' understanding of the key concepts and transdisciplinary skills.

Sample 7


Recording

Rubric assessing PYP essential elements


Effective assessments address the essential elements.


In this example the teaching team developed a tool to collectively assess students’ understanding of the central idea.

Sample 8


Recording
Reporting

Pedagogical documentation of inquiry


Effective assessments document the inquiries of learners.


In this example teachers observed and documented students’ development of science and mathematics concepts.

Sample 9


Assessing
Recording

Summative assessment task


Effective assessments use ICT as a tool to support inquiry.


In this example the summative assessment task was designed in collaboration with the ICT teacher and assessed several essential elements simultaneously.

Sample 10


Reporting

Written report


Effective assessments report on the five essential elements.


In this example the written report developed by the school describes the progress of students’ learning and identifies areas for growth.

Sample 11


Assessing
Recording
Reporting

Developing essential agreements


Effective assessments are aligned with the philosophy of the school.


In this example the school has identified practices that address how the school assesses, records and reports student progress.

Sample 12


Assessing

Student self-assessment of the learner profile attributes


Effective assessments address the process of learning.


In this example the teaching team developed a rubric for students to self-assess their engagement with the learner profile during the PYP Exhibition.

Sample 13


Reporting

Written report


Effective assessments support parent and student understanding.


In this example the written report developed by the school contains clear criteria to support parents and students in their reading of the report.

Sample 14


Reporting

Written report


Effective assessments are age-appropriate and report on the five essential elements.


In this example the written report developed by the school reflects the developmental stage of learners.

Sample 15


Reporting

Written report


Effective assessments recognize local requirements.


In this example the written report developed by the school takes into account the assessment model of the PYP and incorporates local requirements for single-subject learning.

Sample 16


Assessing
Recording
Reporting

School assessment policy


Effective assessments align with the philosophy of the school.


In this example the school has developed an assessment policy that reflects their philosophy and position on assessment.

Sample 17


Assessing

Formative assessment task


Effective assessments establish students’ prior knowledge.


In this example a range of assessment strategies and tools were used to inform the different stages of the learning process and the progress made by students in all the PYP essential elements.

Sample 18


Assessing
Recording

Anecdotal notes


Effective assessments assess the understanding of young learners in authentic ways.


In this example the teaching team documented their observation of students through photographs and anecdotal notes in order to inform future learning.

Sample 19


Reporting

Written report


Effective assessments report on the five essential elements.


In this example the written report developed by the school addresses the development of transdisciplinary skills.

Sample 20


Assessing

Student self-assessment


Effective assessments encourage students to be reflective and engage in self- and peer-assessment.


In this example the teachers used a number of quick reflection strategies that helped students to analyse their learning and understanding.

Sample 21


Assessing
Recording

Student-developed rubric


Effective assessments address understanding of the central idea.


In this example students identified the criteria that would be used to assess their understanding of the central idea and lines of inquiry.

Sample 22


Assessing
Recording

Formative assessment task


Effective assessments inform the next stage of teaching and learning.


In this example students were offered several opportunities to demonstrate their prior knowledge and current understanding.

Sample 23


Assessing
Recording

Ongoing formative assessment


Effective assessments inform the next stage of teaching and learning.


In this example students were offered several opportunities to demonstrate their prior knowledge and current understanding.

Sample 24


Assessing
Reporting

Organizing student-led conferences


Effective assessments allow students to share their learning with their parents.


In this example students and parents are provided with a tool to reflect on the understandings developed during the unit of inquiry.

Sample 25


Reporting

Student-led conferences


Effective assessments allow students to share their learning with their parents.


In this example students set goals for improvement and collect evidence in portfolios to illustrate their achievement.

Sample 26


Assessing
Recording
Reporting

Assessment throughout a unit of inquiry


Effective assessments inform all stages of teaching and learning.


In this example a range of assessment tasks was used to establish a clear picture of students’ understanding and inform future learning.

Sample 27


Assessing
Recording
Reporting

Summative assessment task


Effective assessments encourage students to be reflective and engage in self- and peer assessment.


In this example students were given the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the central idea and apply the transdisciplinary skills developed throughout the unit.