Our curriculum includes the material prescribed by the Ministry of Education per grade level. However, it is organized and enriched based on the IB Programme principles and practices. Our Primary School learners are assessed in two ways so that their assessment truly reflects the actual learning process:
- The Greek School grading scale.
- Assessment over a range of parameters and skills according to the PYP criteria.
The PYP assessment
The PYP assessment aims at improving how children are taught and how they learn. Therefore, in this view, we:
- assess both lesson outcomes and lesson effectiveness;
- endorse continuous assessment of the entire school community by the entire school community;
- assess and identify what learners know and can do increasing, thus, the effectiveness of the educational process; and
- inform parents about the goals for which their children work and their progress to render the collaboration between the school and the family much more effective.
The features of the PYP assessment
- It is connected to the real world
- Its criteria are clear and known to children beforehand
- It disposes variable tools for different occasions
- It is based on the progress made by the learner individually rather than the progress made in comparison to peers
- It engages learners through self-assessment
- It is an ongoing process
- It gives feedback yet also feedforward (directions for the future)!
- Everyone knows what should be assessed and why
- Everyone knows what quality in assessment means
- Everyone knows what data to collect
- The entire school community uses a common assessment vocabulary
Peer assessment is a very useful tool because learners have the chance to develop their own assessing skills through peer feedback! It is very effective because:
- it is expressed in a language used between peers and
- learners are more willing and open to accept feedback from peers.