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Notes from the Teranga Center: The MYP Assessment

As Semester 1 draws to a close on Friday, January 17th, it is a good time to take another look at MYP assessment. What is different about assessment in the MYP?

MYP assessment has an increased emphasis on

  • Seeking student responses to gauge the current level of understanding

  • Giving students regular and ongoing feedback

  • Enabling students to see assessment as a means of describing and improving learning

As Alfie Kohn stated, “what counts in a classroom is not what the teacher teaches, but what the student learns.” Assessment in the MYP is there to see where the student is in their understanding at a given point in time. Our job as teachers is to get the students as far as they can go in their understanding and for them to be able to demonstrate this learning at the end of a unit.

Planning, teaching, and assessing are an integrated process. Throughout the process, what makes the most difference in a student’s learning is feedback. In the MYP, it is vital to give feedback to the students throughout the process so that the students can be more effective in their learning and teachers know where the student is in their journey.

The end of Semester One is going to give us a snapshot of where each student is now in their learning journey. It is exciting to see where they have come from, where they are now, and where they get to grow.

For more information on assessment in the MYP, please watch this short video.

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