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Assessment Policy

PHILOSOPHY 

Effective and meaningful assessments are essential elements that support students in acquiring the skills and competencies necessary in today’s world. In Westwood, we seek to provide quality student-centric academic programmes that will enable students to meet future challenges. Assessment provides students, teachers, parents and stakeholders with feedback that not only demonstrates understanding, but also affords opportunities for reflection that improves the inquiry process. It must thus be ongoing, unbiased, and designed to meet the needs of our diverse learning community. 

PRINCIPLES OF ASSESSMENT  

The Westwood Assessment Policy is thus based on the MOE PETALS™ Framework of Pedagogy, Experience of Learning, Tone of Environment, Assessment and  Learning Content, on the understanding that:
  • Assessment forms an integral part of Teaching and Learning 
  • Assessment must be aligned to the intended learning outcomes, content and pedagogy
  • Assessment facilitates meaningful learning, is learner-centric and has a formative effect on our students’ learning
  • The Assessment System should be balanced – integrating Assessment for Learning (AfL), Assessment of Learning (AoL) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the school curriculum
  • Assessment information should be collected regularly to evaluate current school practices and enhance future teaching and learning practices

AIMS OF WESTWOOD ASSESSMENT POLICY
It is to:
  1. Articulate the role of assessment in the MOE PETALS™ Framework of Pedagogy, Experience of Learning, Tone of Environment, Assessment and  Learning Content
  2. Align to MOE’s Assessment Philosophy to achieve a more balanced assessment system
  3. Develop a common understanding among teachers regarding Assessment Standards and Expectations

ASSESSMENT IN WESTWOOD
Termly assessments (written mode, project work or other forms) are conducted regularly to gauge the learning progress of the students. Semestral Reviews (SR) are conducted twice a year at the end of each semester for all levels. Preliminary Examinations are conducted at the end of third term for students who are taking National Examination (GCE ‘N’ and ‘O’ Level Examination) at the end of the year. 

In Westwood, Assessment for Learning (AfL) is used as one of the key pedagogical tools to gather and interpret evidence about student learning for the purpose of determining where students are at in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there. The following AFL strategies are commonly used by the various departments to engage students in their learning.

  1. Sharing Learning Targets & Criteria 
  2. Feedback
  3. Self-Assessment
  4. Questioning

Performance for termly and semestral assessment will determine students’ promotion, retention or lateral transfers, and allocation of subjects at Secondary Two streaming exercise.

ASSESSMENT WEIGHTING FOR 2018

SECONDARY 1 TO 3

Semester 1
Semester 2
Overall
Term 1
Term 2
Mid-Year Exam Term 3
 Term 4End-Year Exam
10%
5%
25%
10%
 5%45%
100%

SECONDARY 4 AND 5

Semester 1
Semester 2
Overall
Term 1
Mid Year Examination
Preliminary Examination

100%
100%
100%
100%