Summative Assessments

Assessment in the MYP

MYP assessments are rigorous tasks that embrace a variety of assessment strategies to allow students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.  MYP assessment philosophy recognizes the importance of the product and the process of learning, and the development of ATL skills is critical for students to achieve at the highest levels.

Every MYP unit must include a summative assessment task that connects to the unit’s statement of inquiry.    The summative assessment must provide evidence of student understanding through authentic performance (not simply the recall of factual knowledge).

MYP follows a criterion-related approach:

  • It is not norm-referenced (where students must be compared to each other and to an expected distribution of achievement).
  • It is not “criterion-referenced” (where students must master all strands of specific criteria at lower achievement levels before they can be considered to have achieved the next level).

See the menu to the right for resources when developing MYP summative assessments.