Formative assesment refers to a wide variety of methods that teachers use to conduct in-process evaluations of student comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress during a lesson, unit, or course. Formative assessments help teachers identify concepts that students are struggling to understand, skills they are having difficulty acquiring, or learning targets they have not yet achieved so that adjustments can be made.
The general goal of formative assesment is to collect detailed information that can be used to improve instruction and student learning while it’s happening. This information is largely used to when reporting to parents or at student-teacher conferences.
Summative assesment are used to evaluate student learning progress and achievement at the conclusion of a specific instructional period—usually at the end of a project, unit, semester, program, or school year. This usually takes the form of presentations, tests and exams.
At the end of each year, students from Year 3 to Year 9 take the Cambridge Progression Tests in English, Mathematics and Science. These tests provide valuable information about the effectiveness of the teaching at Skt Josef's International School and are more about us rather than the student. These tests usually do not count towards students report grades.
Exams that do count are the IGCSE exams that students sit during the two year program in Year 10 and Year 11. The results from these assesments are used when applying to high school, IB courses, or danish gymnasiums.
Students are graded according to their effort, and/or academic performance.
Year 1- Year 2
Students only receive a grade for their effort based on the descriptors below.
Year 3-Year 6
In addition to a grade for effort, students now receive an indicator stating whether they are working towards, achieving or excelling in a particular subject.
Students continue to receive a grade based on their effort but will also receive an academic grade indicating their achievement, see the table below.