Through assessment, the IB helps schools teaching the Primary Years Programme (PYP) to identify what students know, understand, can do and value at different stages in the teaching and learning process.

In the PYP, learning is viewed as a continuous journey, where teachers identify students’ needs and use assessment data to plan the next stage of their learning.
The purposes of assessment are to:
  • promote student learning
  • provide information about student learning
  • contribute to the successful implementation of the programme.

Teachers use a wide range of assessment strategies including formative, summative, and performance assessments to collect information on each of the elements represented in the written curriculum: the understanding of concepts, the acquisition of knowledge, the mastering of skills, the development of positive attitudes and the ability to take responsible action.

Analogies to differentiate formative and summative assessments:
  1. When the cook tastes the soup it is (in)formative; when the guest tastes the soup it is summative.
  2. Summative assessment is the process of simply measuring the plants in a garden; formative assessment is the equivalent of feeding and watering the plants appropriate to their needs directly affecting their growth.

Activities to Assess Learning & Prior Knowledge
  1. Human Graph: An activity for self assessment for students and teachers. Useful in assessing prior knowledge/understanding or to assess future learning goals. They rate themselves on a scale from 1 to 10 and line up in that order. For further information they can explain why they placed themselves where they did.
  2. Six Word Memoir: An activity to get to know each other by using six words to describe that can be published live on the linked site above.
  3. Pair Share: A cooperative discussion strategy in which the teacher gives the students a question, topic, reading passage etc. The students think about it on their own for a few moments, then form pairs and discuss their individual thoughts. Finally, each pair shares their insights with the rest of the class.
  4. Four Corners: Each corner represents something. Students move around the room based on where they feel they belong.
  5. Bingo: Students move around the room and find someone that has done the things listed in each square. This is a great way for people to get to know each other.