Assessing Our Assessments

Apr 25th, 2017

All IB schools are required to have a written, published, assessment policy.  This assessment policy should reflect the school's philosophy and position on assessment.  

Our goal, at Annunciation, is to create a policy that is the result of a collaborative process between all staff members and allows for a common and better understanding of the following:  

  1. What is the purpose of assessment (what and why do we assess?)
  2. Principles of assessment (What are the characteristics of effective assessments?)
  3. Assessment practices (How do we analyze, document and communicate assessment results?)

At Annunciation, we administer four different standardized assessments: 

  • NWEA Primary (grades K, 1) 
  • NWEA Measures of Academic Progress – MAP (grades 2 - 8)
  • AIMSweb (all students in grades K & 1, some students in grades 2-5) 
  • Otis Lennon School Abilities Test - OLSAT (grades 5-8)   

In addition, our classroom teachers use a variety of formative and summative assessments in the classroom to better understand our students' knowledge, skill level, and understanding.    

Kudos to our staff for recognizing that assessment is an integral part of the teaching and the learning process. And then to take it a step further by recognizing how important it is to provide students, other teachers, and parents information from our assessments. We will keep you posted on our assessment of our own assessment practices and our progress in creating an assessment policy.

Anne LaLonde Laux

International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator