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At ISBerne Online, we believe that assessment is an integral part of the learning process. Assessment should be authentic and varied, while encouraging students to showcase the knowledge and skills that they have acquired in the learning process. We believe that feedback plays a fundamental part in the learning process. Assessment should offer students, parents, teachers and school leadership a valid and reliable indication of student progress and attainment.

High quality formative assessment is an essential part of teaching and learning at ISBerne Online. Quality assessment ensures a whole school approach to the provision of an excellent education for all students, and it enables teachers to deliver education that best suits the needs of their students.

The two types of classroom and curricular assessments at ISBerne Online are Summative and Formative.  Summative assessment is provided to evaluate student learning, skill acquisition, and academic achievement at the conclusion of a defined instructional period. Formative assessment refers to all those activities undertaken by teachers and/or by students which provide information to be used as feedback to modify the teaching and learning activities in which they engage.

Course teachers use learning intentions, success criteria, timely and specific feedback, and peer and self-assessment to involve students in their learning and to inform them of their next steps. Grading is conducted with reference to the established success criteria for the unit, lesson or final exam, and should identify successes and areas for improvement.  Effective questioning, observations and conversations are also used to inform assessments.

Formative assessment enables ISBerne Online teachers to evaluate how well students have mastered specific curriculum standards and helps them plan future instruction. For students, formative assessment helps them to measure their knowledge and understanding against the learning intention and success criteria, and the feedback they receive helps them understand how they can improve.

The methods of formative assessment we use at ISBerne include:

  • Use of pertinent questioning within live teaching sessions
  • Grading of students’ assignment submissions, with feedback
  • One-on-one and small group conferencing
  • Observational assessment
  • Student self-assessment
  • Student peer assessment

Summative Assessment

Summative assessments enable teachers to evaluate both student learning and the impact of their teaching at the end of a period of time. Summative assessments provide evidence of achievement against the learning intentions of the curricular standards. Summative assessments are useful in informing teaching and learning in subsequent lessons and/or units.  Results of this type of assessment are available for parents and learning coaches to view within the Learning Management System and are discussed within conferencing–enabling families to support their child’s future learning. All summative assessments are reported using the school’s digital grade book and form part of the student’s final grade.

All teacher-graded summative assessments are reviewed and feedback is given to the student within 3 school days, including updating of the online gradebook.

Across all levels of the curriculum, students will generally be assessed within each learning module through a variety of methods including quizzes, projects, written assignments, graded discussions and tests.  Students in High School will also take a mid-semester exam, and a final exam at the end of each course. Formal reporting occurs through two standardized report cards, one in each semester.


At ISBerne Online, standardized assessments help provide teachers and school leaders with the information that they need to improve teaching and learning, and to make data-driven, student focused decisions. We use the growth and achievement data from these assessments to develop targeted instructional strategies and to plan school improvement.

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Testing

Our students in grades 2-12 participate in adaptive assessments in Fall, Winter and Spring. The Measures of Academic Progress tests provide an international benchmark for students and school achievement in Reading, Language Usage, Mathematics and Science.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams*

AP Exams are designed to measure how well our students have mastered the content and skills of a specific High School AP course.  The exams are an external assessment given annually in the spring; while any high school student can register for the exam, those who do well have typically taken and passed the course.   

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

The SAT is a three-hour, standardized test that aims to measure students’ knowledge of math, reading and writing, as well as their college readiness.  Students typically take the SAT in grades 11 and/or 12.  Results are often used for US college and university entrance, as a strong data point for comparing applicants.