Assessment Policy

What is the Esprit International School assessment belief? Assessment helps us evaluate what students know, how they learn, and where we need to direct future instruction to maximize their learning. Teachers, students and parents work together to set goals and meet expectations.

As Esprit International School embraces the philosophy of the IB assessment, we aim:

  • to foster positive attitudes towards learning
  • to determine the level of understanding by using summative and formative assessments
  • to connect students to the real world by focusing units through the IB P Units of Inquiry
  • to develop and promote critical thinking skills
  • to develop a deep understanding of subject content
  • to report progress to students, parents, and guardians at regular intervals; and to create opportunities for students to reflect on their own learning.

Purpose of Assessment

To understand what students know, how they process, how to direct learning, what they learned. To meet students' needs, chart and monitor progress, and measure effectiveness.

Types of Assessment

Formative assessments: provide quick feedback on the level of understanding for the purpose of directing instruction.

  • Developmental Reading Assessment
  • STAR Reading Assessment
  • STAR Math Assessment
  • Anecdotal Records/Teacher Observations
  • Assessments prior to onset of units of inquiry
  • Conversations/Whole Group Discussions
  • Classroom Participation
  • Student Reflections
  • Student/Teacher Feedback

Summative assessments: learners demonstrate mastery of a concept, skill, unit of inquiry, or central idea.

  • Student Conference
  • Portfolio
  • Exhibition
  • IB Report Cards
  • Curriculum Based Assessments (CBAs) – each grading period
  • Tests
  • Presentations
  • Projects


Students will have a progress report/report card that shows their progress every grading period during the school year. Students will also have a unit of inquiry report that explains their progress toward developing the 10 IB Learner Profile attributes. Teachers, student and parents will be able to reflect on the student’s progress. This will allow teachers and parents to help students set goals for their growth as an IB learner. Students will bring home their IB report each cycle to share with parents and reflect on all 10 of the learner profile attributes. Students will also reflect on their work throughout the IB unit for inclusion in the portfolio.


Portfolios: Assess student’s individual learning styles and academic growth. Portfolios enhance our ability to communicate with parents, teachers and students about a student's progress and learning.


Formative assessments: provide quick feedback on the level of understanding for the purpose of directing instruction.

  • Self-Reflections: Students will reflect on the pieces of work included in the portfolio and attach the self-reflection to the work.
  • Showcase Work: Students will select their best work to include in the portfolio what they consider to be their best work. (1-2 pieces each year)
  • Units of Inquiry: All student reflections and summative assessments from all 6 planners during the school year will be included in the portfolio.
  • IB Report Cards: Students will include their monthly IB report cards in the portfolio.
  • Format/Collection: The portfolio will be kept in a 3 ring binder and will move from teacher to teacher with the student as they advance through Esprit International School. Teacher and student will work together to select pieces for the portfolio. Each piece will have a reflection attached explaining why it was chosen for the portfolio.


All Esprit International School sixth grade students will participate in Exhibition as the culminating assessment to the PYP.

Standardized Achievement Tests

Standardized assessments are used as a part of the whole school assessment policy in an effort to gain as much information as possible about the student as a learner and about the program. The types of assessment used in the school are many and varied, and the information gained goes towards making up the whole picture. Standardized assessments are specifically used for the following reasons:

  • To inform teaching
  • To provide information which shows growth over time
  • To provide comparison with a peer group
  • To allow Lead Teachers to determine those students whose basic skills fall outside the normal range expected for students of that particular age. This information is used alongside other assessment information to determine those students who will need additional support
  • To inform decisions about programs
  • To form part of the process of reporting to parents


The initial parent/teacher conference occurs prior to the start of the school year to outline learning objectives and give information about the school’s Assessment Policy, Language Policy and Units of Inquiry that will be covered over the course of the school year. One parent/teacher conference will be held in the first grading period and in the third grading period and additionally as needed. This is an opportunity to address goals and concerns for the year.

Student Showcase

Two showcase dates will be held during the school year. This is an opportunity for students to share their portfolio and learning progress with their parents.

Teacher-Student Conferences

These conferences will be held on a continuous basis throughout the school year. This is an ongoing process that should happen for communication and fulfillment of teacher-student goals.


The assessment policy will be reviewed annually.

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