Recognizing the diverse learning styles of our students, the AISK faculty uses multiple forms of assessment to not only identify a student’s level of achievement in a content area but also to design assessments that will accelerate student growth in knowledge and skill areas.
Internal and external assessments are used to determine if students are performing at, above or below grade level. Like other international schools, AISK uses internal assessments in the form of AERO (American Education Reaches Out) standards and benchmarks. The standards guide students from introductory through competency to mastery levels of performance, identify not only what students know but also more importantly what they can do with this knowledge. This assessment is supported by ample instructional resources as well as a performance-based scope and sequence such as a reading program that moves students at an appropriate pace through Lexile reading levels.
A battery of external assessments is utilized, mainly in the form of standardized tests. These include the Measures of Academic progress (MAP), Educational Records Bureau (ERB), Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), SAT Subject Area Test, ACT (American College Testing), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Measure of Developing English Language (WIDA). AISK assessment practices mirror international school best practice in the type and timing of assessments and how the data is used to improve instruction, curriculum, and assessment. AISK test results are compared to national (US) and world averages. AISK consistently outperformed national and international peers on these reading, mathematics and writing assessments.
MAP testing is done in grades 3 through 9 and the main testing areas are Language Usage, Mathematics and Reading. Testing is done twice per year and measures student progress and growth within and between the years. MAP results allow teachers to see where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Overall, our staff uses MAP results during the annual instructional resource ordering, identifying resources needed in a specific area of instruction.
AISK is an official College Board Testing site and the PSAT is administered to Grades 10 and 11 students. The PSAT/NMSQT includes five sections in three skill areas – critical reading, math, and writing skills. Students in Grade 11 can qualify for scholarships and recognition. Score reports include national percentiles, which allow students to compare their scores with other students in their grade level, approximately 3.6 million per year.
The SAT is administered to Grades 11 and 12 students subsequent to the PSAT. Students are assessed in the areas of critical reading, math, and writing. Students may also sit for SAT Subject Area Tests, following the recommendation of colleges that AISK students are seeking admission and financial aid. Our College Counselor assists students to identify the tests that their colleges of choice require or recommend. Scores on these tests may earn college credit for introductory-level courses. Students are guided in test preparation by the College Counselor and AISK faculty who will provide practice questions as well as sharing multiple-choice test, writing and general test taking strategy.
ACT is available to our students on 4 test dates. While the SAT tests verbal and quantitative reasoning, the ACT measures achievement related to high school curriculum. A student may access their scores online within 2 weeks after testing. Official score reports are normally released within 3 to 8 weeks after each test date. The College Counselor and faculty also assist students with many of the same test preparation strategies as the SAT.
ERB is used to assess writing skills that are evaluated in age-appropriate modes of discourse from narrative Writing in Grades 3-4 to Critical Thinking in Grades 11-12. AISK students are guided by in-class work such as lessons on Six Traits of Writing and then sit for online writing assessments that are instantly scored by computer. Students discover areas of strength and improvement in the six areas of effective writing- overall development, organization, support, sentence structure, word choice, and mechanics. Our teachers track individual and class performance and make appropriate adjustments in instruction to improve student writing.
The IB Diploma Program is a challenging academic program - culminating in final examinations - that prepare 16-19 year old students for university success. Assessment is criterion-related where student work is measured against pre-specified assessment criteria based on the aims and objectives of the course, rather than the performance of other students taking the same exams. Students select classes from 6 groups, seeking to earn an IB diploma or IB course certificates. High marks in IB course often earns a student college credit for introductory level courses. AISK offers 25 IB courses. IB instructors at AISK are experienced and have attended IB professional development at Level 1, 2 or 3.
WIDA (Measure of Developing English Language) is a series of English language proficiency assessments for Kindergarten through Grade 12. The test assesses the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Student performance may vary from beginner to proficient. Assessments are administered by the English as an Additional Language Department (EAL) at the start, middle and end of the academic year in order to track progress in English language acquisition.