The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) eAssessment has been awarded Best Use of Summative Assessment and was highly commended for Best Transformational Project at this year’s eAssessment Awards. The eAssessment Awards highlight best practice, research and innovation within eAssessment.
Dr Sue Wilkinson, IB’s Head of eAssessment, said: “We are so proud that the MYP eAssessment has been recognized for its innovative examination techniques which make learning and assessment more meaningful. The eAssessment is a key stage in the IB journey to developing students who are independent and critical thinkers with the skills to create a better world”.
The MYP eAssessment, which was introduced in 2016, is for Year 5 students and goes beyond rote memorization—75% focuses on inquiry, communication and critical thinking skills. “Students are challenged to connect what they have learned with what they might learn next, collect data, analyze results and apply big ideas to solving real-world problems”, Wilkinson explains. “As such, a single examination provides an effective assessment of the broad range of knowledge, skills and concepts needed to thrive and succeed in the 21st century”, she continues.
Commenting on the relevance of the eAssessment for MYP students, Angela Brassington, an MYP coordinator at Munich International School said: “Students prefer the on-screen examinations because this reflects how they learn on a daily basis. The on-screen examinations are media rich and dynamic, so questions can be designed that require much more creative responses or responses that require students to manipulate data and present new understandings, in a way that is not possible on paper”.
Sign up for this webinar on 25 April 2018 to learn more about the MYP eAssessment and its performance since it was first introduced.