At Awfaz Global School, Izghawa, we implement a continuous assessment policy that allows students to be more focused on their learning and teachers more focused on their teaching. Forms of assessment are varied and targeted to gain accurate student levels of understanding and ability, moving away from the paper based traditional testing. Students can be assessed through projects, presentation, speeches, role play, plenary, assignments, research, pop quiz, oral reports, and anecdotal notes from observations, homework and classwork. Monitoring of student progress and review of the effectiveness of our programs through class mapping, progression tracker, pupil curriculum tracker, result analysis, work scrutiny reports, annotated lesson plans and continuous assessments are all used to ascertain how effective the learning programs are.
We also administer external tests using GL assessments, CAT4, NGRT, PASS and Edexcel, this is on top of end of unit tests and online quizzes through our subscription resources. Student progress is communicated to the students and their parents throughout the academic year via immediate feedback from student weekly reflection sheets, classroom tasks, term reports, class Dojo, newsletters, hardcopy letters and phone calls. Focus on the individual student is vital and engaging the parents with their children’s progress is important to maintain a mutually supportive community.
The school uses various ongoing assessment methods as part of our continuous assessment for tracking, mapping and addressing student progress. Through the school analyses on a variety of levels such as work scrutiny, lesson annotations and weekly reflections, we specifically sought out the best student enhancement tools for learning.
We use Edexcel IGCSE, GL’s Progress Tests to provide cognitive data which gives valuable insights into individual students learning habits, NGRT providing students reading age level and PASS highlighting student self-assessment, all of which provide our teachers with invaluable information enabling them plan not only tailored but challenging lessons, as well as giving greater depth of insight into student learning profiles. Our student tracking is regularly reviewed to identify students at risk and those needing to be challenged. Class Mapping, Progression Tracker, Pupil Curriculum tracker, result analysis, annotated lesson plans and continuous formative and summative testing are all used to ascertain how effective our learning programs are and these are adjusted when and if it is needed. These reviews are carried out by teachers, the year groups in association with their department head and the Principal.