Assessment Policy

Our Purpose

The primary purpose of assessment is to support and improve student learning. As all students have different learning styles, experiences and abilities, hence the assessment and evaluation of their learning must be fair and demonstrate a full range of best practices.
The purposes of assessment at Oasis International School encompass the following:
● provision of feedback on the learning process
● recording and celebrating learning and success
● enabling students to practice skills, and facilitating the learning process
● enabling teachers to adapt to the needs of their students
● enabling the identification of effective teaching strategies and informing future teaching
● informing school policy and enabling the identification of training needs
● serving as a basis for communication with parents and outside institutions
● provision of information to facilitate transition of students between sections within the school, between schools, and between school and university

Perspective on Assessment

At Oasis international school, assessment is aligned with the taught curriculum. It serves as the means by which we monitor student learning and focus on providing our students with effective feedback on their learning and development. The use of a variety of assessment tools demonstrates our belief that students learn in different ways, at different rates, and at different times. We believe that the objective of an assessment is to guide our planning and instruction, and direct our efforts in engaging students in meaningful learning. Assessment provides our learners with a better opportunity to improve knowledge and understanding, engage in thoughtful reflection, develop the capacity for self-assessment, refine the various skills developed across their academic subjects and recognize the criteria for success.

Assessment Practices

The assessment component in the school’s curriculum is subdivided into three closely related areas:
• Assessing – Determining what the students know and have learned.
• Recording – How we choose to collect and analyse data.
• Reporting – How we choose to communicate information.

Assessing – Determining what the students know and have learned.
The school will have two terms for grades 1-10 and AS/A Level. Students will be assessed for the demonstration of their knowledge, development and achievement.

Formative Assessments (FA) : Formative assessments will be continuous over each semester. These are assessments that are conducted in class during the course of each unit/chapter and hence, constitute the assessment for learning. This includes collaborative work and projects. The purpose of these assessments is to allow the teacher and the students to understand how they are progressing through the unit/chapter. FAs should be reviewed immediately to determine which students need support so that re-teaching of certain topics and differentiation can be effected.
Each subject will conduct a minimum of two formal (recorded) assessments during a planning period. Scores out of 10 will be recorded and will be discussed with students.

Summative Assessments (SA) : Each term will culminate with a end of term examination. Summatives are formal written and graded assessment that assess a student’s learning achievement across multiple consolidated topics. This includes a pen and paper test, an oral component and practical knowledge in some subjects. The SAs must be utilized to provide quantitative and qualitative feedback to students and parents, and to bridge any gaps in learning after the SA is conducted. Marks and grades will be recorded and feedback shared with the students.

Assessment Tools
Rubrics: Rubrics are established sets of criteria used for scoring or rating student’s tests, portfolios, or performances. The descriptors tell the student and the assessor what characteristics or signs to look for in the work and then how to rate that work on a predetermined scale.
Mark Schemes/ Answer Keys

Reporting – How we choose to communicate information.
The School uses an assessment tracker which every teacher updates on completion of the assessments. This will be reviewed by the head of department before it is communicated to parents via the report card
Report cards: Communicating student achievement to parents is of utmost importance. Every five weeks teachers will have the opportunity to inform the students and parents about their progress in the Cambridge programme through progress report. The school year will have two semesters which culminate in parent-teacher meet to review the student’s achievement and reports will be sent home every semester.

The Examination Department at Oasis International School consists of two internal committees namely
• Internal Examination Committee and the External examination Committee
• Both committees will report to the Cambridge examination officer and the Principal.

Regulation for Internal Exams:

• The portions for the internal exams in all subjects will be submitted by the respective subject teachers to the subject Coordinators. The head of department should ratify it within 3 days of receiving it
• The subject teacher then shares it with the respective class teachers. The class teacher will collate it and send it to the parents at least 2-3 weeks before the examination.
• Approved question papers, marks schemes and blueprints should be submitted to the Examination committee 2 weeks prior to the exams
• The Examination committee will communicate the timetable of the exams.
• The timetable along with the Invigilator duty list should be shared with all teachers at prior to the commencement of the exams.

Changes made to the policy this year:

Unit Tests/Exams are being conducted through platforms like MS Forms, Exam.Net
Grade 1-5 is continuous formative and summative assessments conducted through the year using online applications like Nearpod/Edpuzzle etc.
6-8 we have 50% assignments and summative tests. 50 % Examinations or UT. Reason being that students cannot take exams on exam.net and there is no digital equity as siblings share devices.
Grade 9 to 11 it is 100% FTE/UT and 100% assignments

Unit Tests

• Unit Tests for grades 6-12 will be conducted online on platforms like Microsoft Forms and Exam.net
• Formative assessments to be conducted online for Grades 1-5
• Unit Tests will be held for 25 marks
• Duration :40 minutes (Extra time upto 20 minutes to type, scan and upload papers)
• Unit Tests will be held for one subject for AS and A level for 1hour duration and 50 marks.
• The timetable will be shared by the Examination Department.
• Subject Teachers to ensure that the portions for the Unit Test is shared on the respective class teams.
• It is the responsibility of the Class Teachers to ensure that all students have recorded the Timetable and portions of all subjects.
• Grade coordinators to be reported after ensuring the same. ·
• Subject Teachers need to schedule a meeting and conduct the respective test.
• The test will start at the same time in both the sections.
• The support Teachers to assist subject Teachers in carrying out of the test.
• Link of the Term test in Microsoft form to be shared with the students through assignment or as a separate link by the Subject Teacher.
• It is compulsory for all the students to switch on the camera during the test.
• If students have any technical difficulty in switching on the camera parents need to inform the respective Class Teacher within the first thirty minutes of the commencement of the test, stating the problem through mail.
• Students need to complete the Question paper within the stipulated period of time. No extra time will be provided.
• Language Teachers to make arrangements for scanned copy of the answer sheets
• Class Teachers to share the Unit Test Marks Sheet with all subject teachers, Examination Coordinator and Principal.

Guidelines for Teachers for Conducting Unit Tests/Terminal Exam(Grades 9-12)
1. Tests must be conducted using exam.net only.
2. The tests should be conducted in high security mode. Where students have poor connectivity or are using phones, the low security mode to be enabled.
3. To create exam with high security- click on “Require high-security mode” option available on exam.net
4. For lower security, duplicate the exam and click on the pencil icon ✏ and choose “Allow any browser but prefer high-security mode”. There will be a drop down available, select “Require explanation and manual unlock”.
5. Using the above security mode will give you the right to choose if you want a student to continue their test in case they exit.
6. Please note that for some students when they enter safe mode, the other browsers (including teams ) may close.
7. “MS Teams” desktop app will close once exam.net starts. To ensure that teams is always running in the back ground when students take the test, ask students to join the meeting using the browser version of teams.
8. It is mandatory for every subject teacher to invigilate their tests. It is MANDATORY to have a meeting with the students on teams during the time of the Unit Tests.
9. In case of parallel teachers teaching different sections, both teachers must be well aware of the content and process (in case students ask doubts)
10. Students should not be encouraged to ask questions related to the content of the paper. However, during the test students can use the chat option available on exam.net to communicate with teacher. At no point will the students use audio. Make sure students are clear with exam rules.

Guidelines for the online Examinations to parents:
1. Parents need to check the mails/MS Teams classes on regular basis for updates related to tests/assignments and classes.
2. All tests will take place on “exam.net”.
3. Students have been trained to use “Safe Exam Browser”(SEB)
4. Parents to check for the working of SEB on your ward’s device. Please note only computer/laptop can be used, SEB “DOES NOT” work on cell phones/tablets.
5. In case SEB does not work on your device, parents have to mail the class teacher by today evening regarding the same. All subject that the student has chosen should be mentioned in the mail.
6. During all test days, students will login into teams through browser before 15 minutes of commencement of unit test timings.
7. Keeping camera turned on and mic unmuted always is compulsory.
8. Code/Exam key will be shared prior to the commencement, students will use this exam key to login to their tests.
9. Students can use the chat option available in the SEB to talk to the teacher for any doubts.
10. For tests that require written answers, students will require cell phone to scan and send the answers. Therefore, parents are requested to plan for the same.
11. Students need to complete the Question paper within the stipulated period.
12. Only one attempt is allowed by every student. If there are two attempts made by the same child, only the first submission will be considered.
13. All the Examinations are scheduled for 1 hour carrying 25 marks each.
14. 20 minutes included in the 1 hour, is the extra time provided for typing and technical reasons.
15. Parents need to make requisite arrangements – device(laptop/computer) and internet connection for their wards.
16. In case of network issues or power cut, parents will mail/call the class teacher within 10 minutes of the issue faced. Exam Department will decide if the student can continue the test or only the part attempted will be evaluated.
17. Parental Supervision is mandatory.
For Technical support, feel free to contact your class teachers/ technical team to help you within 15 minutes commencement of the test, stating the problem through mail/message on MS Teams/call.

Regulations for dealing absence from assessments.
Attendance for exams is mandatory for all students. If a student misses a formative assessment, they will be allowed to retake the assessment at a later date scheduled by the teacher. In the new normal it is noticed that students do not participate in formative assessments. At the end of every planning period parents should be notified of the same. In case of summative assessment, if a student misses an assessment he/she will be allowed to re-take the exam only if a medical record is submitted or under special consideration due to unavoidable circumstances at the discretion of the respective academic Coordinator/ Deputy Principal

Regulation for Teachers
If there is a mistake noted in the paper either by the student or the invigilator, a report will be filed by the exam officer and the exam committee will call the concerned teacher for a meeting
The errors could include
• Content error
• Missing data
• Missing page numbers and question numbers
• Late submission of paper
• Questions being given from syllabus not completed in class
• Wrong question paper
• Wrong syllabus
The second time if it repeats the subject coordinator will be called for a meeting
The third time the department will receive a warning from the Principal.

Marking of Papers
Teachers will be given 2 days from then to update the marks on the excel sheet shared by class teachers.
Feed back will be given to students online.
The report card will then be updated with the next few days to ensure it is available to parents on the assigned date

Regulations to conduct External Exams
For Cambridge External Exams we will follow the Cambridge Examination Handbook
The point of Contact will remain the exam officer Ms. Shahina K.
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Appendix

Grade Descriptors

Grade A* (Excellent): Produces high-quality, frequently innovative work. Communicates comprehensive, nuanced understanding of concepts and contexts. Consistently demonstrates sophisticated critical and creative thinking. Frequently transfers knowledge and skills with independence and expertise in a variety of complex classroom and real-world situations.

Grade A (Very good): Produces high-quality, occasionally innovative work. Communicates extensive understanding of concepts and contexts. Demonstrates critical and creative thinking, frequently with sophistication. Uses knowledge and skills in familiar and unfamiliar classroom and real world situations, often with independence.

Grade B (Good): Produces generally high-quality work. Communicates secure understanding of concepts and contexts. Demonstrates critical and creative thinking, sometimes with sophistication. Uses knowledge and skills in familiar classroom and real-world situations and, with support, some unfamiliar real-world situations.

Grade C (Satisfactory): Produces good-quality work. Communicates basic understanding of most concepts and contexts with few misunderstandings and minor gaps. Often demonstrates basic critical and creative thinking. Uses knowledge and skills with some flexibility in familiar classroom situations, but requires support in unfamiliar situations.

Grade D (Mediocre): Produces work of an acceptable quality. Communicates basic understanding of many concepts and contexts, with occasionally significant misunderstandings or gaps. Begins to demonstrate some basic critical and creative thinking. Is often inflexible in the use of knowledge and skills, requiring support even in familiar classroom situations.

Grade E (Poor): Produces work of limited quality. Expresses misunderstandings or significant gaps in understanding for many concepts and contexts. Infrequently demonstrates critical or creative thinking. Generally inflexible in the use of knowledge and skills, infrequently applying knowledge and skills.

Grade U (Very poor): Produces work of very limited quality. Conveys many significant misunderstandings or lacks understanding of most concepts and contexts. Very rarely demonstrates critical or creative thinking. Very inflexible, rarely using knowledge or skills.