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MYP Assessment: IB Rules

This page gathers supporting documentation and IB rules related to assessment in the MYP. 

Scroll down for the Programme Standards & Practices (2020) and the embedded MYP: From Principles to Practice guide. 

Assessment: From Principles to Practice

The following links open "MYP: From Principles to Practice (2014)". It is important that all teachers, read, understand and act on this information appropriately. If you have any questions, contact the MYP Coordinator. 

Inappropriate grading practices

The following grading practices are inappropriate and are counter to MYP assessment principles.

  • Determining grades using a proportion of scores for classwork, homework and tests
  • Determining grades by averaging summative performance scores over the year
  • Using single pieces of work to determine final grades

Source: MYP From Principles to Practice

ZERO's are not awarded for non-submission of work. 

"Each criterion is divided into various achievement levels (numerical values) that appear in bands, and each band contains general, qualitative value statements called level descriptors. The levels 1 and 2 appear as the first band, levels 3 and 4 as the second band, and so on. Level 0 is available for work that is not described by the band descriptor for levels 1 and 2." (source)

In Powerschool we can use "late" and "missing" markers to show non-completion. This will show a gap, rather than a "grade". 

Standards & Practices 2020


Standard: Approaches to assessment (0404)
Learning, teaching, and assessment effectively inform and influence one another.
Approaches to assessment 1: Students and teachers use feedback to improve learning, teaching and assessment. (0404-01)
  Approaches to assessment 1.1: Students and teachers use feedback to support stated outcomes and expectations, in accordance with IB philosophy and assessment documentation. (0404-01-0100)
  Approaches to assessment 1.2: The school uses specific and constructive school-based reporting to provide students and teachers with information that can be used to improve learning, teaching and assessment. (0404-01-0200)
Approaches to assessment 2: The school uses assessment methods that are varied and fit-for-purpose for the curriculum and stated learning outcomes and objectives. (0404-02)
  Approaches to assessment 2.1: Teachers use a variety of assessment methods that are connected to stated learning objectives and outcomes. (0404-02-0100)
    PYP 1: Teachers document and analyse student learning over time to design learning experiences based on data. (0404-02-0111)
    MYP 1: Teachers plan and design the assessment of student learning based on the criteria and procedures in accordance with programme documentation. (0404-02-0121)
    MYP 2: The school records criterion level totals and submits MYP personal projects for IB moderation in accordance with programme documentation. (0404-02-0122)
    DP 1: The school uses the objectives and assessment tools for each subject, and component of the DP core, to build summative assessments of student learning. (0404-02-0131)
    DP 2: The school records and submits IB-validated assessments for the components of the DP core in accordance with programme documentation. (0404-02-0132)
  Approaches to assessment 2.2: The school demonstrates that assessment practices are formed around conceptual learning. (0404-02-0200)
Approaches to assessment 2.3: The school ensures that from the time of enrollment students and legal guardians are aware of and have access to documentation describing the relevant programme regulations and requirements regarding assessment. (0404-02-0300)
Approaches to assessment 3: The school administrates assessment consistently, fairly, inclusively and transparently. (0404-03)
  Approaches to assessment 3.1: The school administrates assessment in accordance with IB rules, regulations, and/or relevant programme documentation. (0404-03-0100)
    MYP 1: Teachers standardize their assessment of student work to ensure reliable results in accordance with IB guidelines. (0404-03-0121)
    DP 1: Teachers standardize their assessment of student work to ensure reliable results in accordance with IB guidelines. (0404-03-0131)
Approaches to assessment 3.2: The school regularly reviews and ensures compliance with all access arrangements. (0404-03-0200)
Approaches to assessment 3.3: The school ensures that external reporting and/or predictions are as accurate as possible, and are appropriately designed for the contexts in which they are required. (0404-03-0300)
    MYP 1: (if applicable) The school communicates accurate and honest predicted grades for MYP on-screen examination subjects to the IB. (0404-03-0321)
    DP 1: The school communicates forecasted grades to institutions (such as those to higher education institutions) and predicted grades to the IB, in ways that value academic integrity and reflect as much accuracy as possible. (0404-03-0331)
Approaches to assessment 3.4: The school implements, communicates and regularly reviews consistent and fair systems and processes for reporting student progress and handling appeals or challenges. (0404-03-0400)
Approaches to assessment 3.5: The school monitors and evaluates the delivery of assessments to ensure that they are as seamless as reasonable. (0404-03-0500)
Approaches to assessment 4: Students take opportunities to consolidate their learning through assessment. (0404-04)
  Approaches to assessment 4.1: The school provides students with opportunities to consolidate their learning through a variety of assessments. (0404-04-0100)
    MYP 1: All students in MYP Year 5 complete the personal project, and all students finishing the programme in Year 3 or 4 complete the community project. (0404-04-0121)
    DP 1: The school ensures that students submit the extended essay toward the end of the DP, and focuses on providing students with opportunities to engage in topics of their own choice. (0404-04-0131)

Coherent curriculum 3: The school develops, regularly reviews and shares its curriculum in ways that explicitly engage the school community. (0401-03)

Coherent curriculum 3.3: The school reviews IB requirements for learning, teaching and assessment, and communicates them to the school community. (0401-03-0300)

Culture 5: The school implements, communicates and regularly reviews an assessment policy or policies to help create a culture of continuous learning and growth. (0301-05)
Culture 5.1: The school implements and reviews an assessment policy that makes the school’s philosophy clear and is aligned with the IB philosophy concerning learning and assessment. (0301-05-0100)
Culture 5.2: The school identifies in its assessment policy all necessary local and IB requirements, and outlines how the school is adhering to these requirements. (0301-05-0200)
Culture 5.3: The school describes in its assessment policy the rights and responsibilities of all members of the school community and clearly states what constitutes good assessment practice. (0301-05-0300)
Culture 5.4: The school ensures relevant support materials, resources and processes are implemented for fair and valid assessment. (0301-05-0400)
Culture 5.5: The school describes in its assessment policy the value of assessment for continuous learning and growth. (0301-05-0500)