The purpose of assessment is to inform teaching and to improve learning. Assessment is a continual process. It involves reflecting upon learning, purposeful feedback about performance and setting new learning goals.
At TIS, our assessment is guided by variety of standards. We use international academic benchmarks and the learning outcomes prescribed by the IB. This ensures rigorous teaching and learning take place. Furthermore, individual goal-setting ensures each child is challenged to their potential. We also use external standardized assessments such as ACER International Schools Assessment.
Parents are informed of their child’s progress through extensive student reports and student/parent/teacher meetings. At such conferences, students explain their progress using a portfolio with samples of their work in conjunction with their learning targets. Older students create a digital portfolio.
With our small student to teacher ratio, our teachers work with students on an individual basis for a significant amount of time. This also allows teachers readily understand and assess each student as an individual learner with distinct abilities and talents.
One of our core responsibilities is to ensure our students can transition onto their school of choice after they complete their education at Tokyo International School. Our continuum of assessment together with student awareness of our expectations has led to a high percentage of transferring students being placed in their subsequent school of choice.
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The International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) is an external assessment schools around the world. Tokyo International School has consistently performed competitively in all areas of these standardized tests: Mathematical Literacy, Reading and Writing. Our small cohort sizes of 20-40 students per grade have proven themselves successful against more than 40,000 students worldwide. This external assessment gives us further confirmation of the success of our students and validates our curriculum and teaching methods.