Over 100 schools sign up to new IB middle years electronic assessment
The International Baccalaureate (IB) has launched a new eAssessment model for 16 year olds upon completion of the Middle Years Programme (MYP). Over 100 schools have now signed up to the new electronic assessment, providing feedback including “we have to move forward with the times and MYP eAssessment does that”, and describing the assessment package as a “well-designed, user-friendly examination package”.
Carolyn Adams, Chief Assessment Officer at International Baccalaureate said: “The eAssessment is a reliable, globally consistent and highly innovative assessment model that provides quality assurance. Each exam is authored and marked by trained MYP examiners and the exams use best in-class security procedures. The IB uses cutting edge technology, but it is the concept-based nature of the tests themselves which is the most innovative aspect of the eAssessment and that students find engaging and that parents and schools will find immensely informative.”
MYP eAssessment examines each student’s work in two different ways: a moderated ePortfolio of the student’s coursework for four subject groups – language acquisition, physical and health education arts, and design, and personal project; and on-screen examinations. The examinations are in mathematics, language and literature, sciences, individuals and societies, and interdisciplinary learning whereby students demonstrate interdisciplinary understanding of at least two subject groups, bringing together concepts and methods to explain a phenomenon, solve a problem, create a product, or raise a new question.
The Chief Examiner in the Interdisciplinary component said: “I was delighted at how well the students engaged with the eAssessments. The best candidates were able to link their classroom learning with the real world experiences provided in the eAssessments and their responses were innovative and perceptive.”
Carolyn Adams continued: “The eAssessment measures students’ ability to think critically and creatively in novel and real world situations. It is a completely unique approach to examinations and we will be using our 45 years of experience as an examining body to ensure the success of the model. Schools access the eAssessment exams as downloadable packages which can then be uploaded onto individual computers, with no need for internet access during the examination itself.
“Students taking MYP enjoy a rich experience during their final years of study which is reflected in the eAssessment framework – only 25 percent of the assessment is based explicitly on knowledge and understanding, the rest focuses on analysis and conceptual learning which is the basis of the MYP.”
The MYP is for students aged 11-16 years. Its curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, which span several disciplines to deliver both breadth and depth of learning. Students also participate in action and service. There is also a personal project for which students choose their own topic. The project is designed to encourage students to think about their learning and gain valuable skills that prepare them for success in further study and beyond.
Adrian Kearney, Regional Director AEM, International Baccalaureate concluded: “Many students who study MYP go on to study the Diploma Programme (DP) offered by IB, so the introduction of an assessment at the end of the MYP programme helps to prepare them for the examination process they will undertake whilst studying for the DP. It also allows teachers and parents to assess the academic progress each student has made over the five years and, most importantly, allows each student to celebrate their success in completing the programme.”