MYP 6

Assessment in MYP 6


During the course of year 6 the students (yes you!) will be assessed on the myp criteria on several occasions.

It is envisaged that each criterion will be assessed at lease twice per term.

Criterion A: One world

Students should understand the interdependence of science and society. Students are expected to discuss how science is applied and used to solve specific problems in life and society. Students should be given the opportunity to explore local and global scientific issues and evaluate the interaction between science and scientific developments with social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and ethical factors.

Assessment tasks should allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the role of science in society through the development of analysis and critical thinking. Suitable assessment tasks to assess this criterion include essays, case studies and research projects, but also debates and oral presentations.

Descriptors

Possible subjects for assessment of this criterion:

Assessment 1 - Passive smoking

Assessment 2 - Pure water in the world

Assessment 3 - Isotopes in society

Criterion A


Criterion B: Comunication skills

The objectives of Criterion B - (Communication) are as follows:

Students should be able to demonstrate understanding when communicating scientific information. Students should use appropriate scientific language, a range of communication modes and the most appropriate communication format.

Suitable assessment tasks to assess this criterion include scientific investigation reports, research essays, case studies, interdisciplinary projects, and media presentations.

Depending on the tasks, students will be expected to acknowledge the sources of information and document these appropriately.

Descriptors

Assessment 1 - Experiment circus

Assessment 2 - Pure water in the world

Assessment 3 - Isotopes in society

Criterion B


Criterion C: Knowledge and understanding

Students should show their understanding of the main scientific ideas and concepts of science, by applying these to solve problems in familiar and unfamiliar situations.

Students should develop critical-thinking skills to analyse and evaluate scientific information. Suitable assessment tasks to assess this criterion include complex questions in tests, critical analysis of case studies, research projects or media articles on scientific issues.

Assessment tasks should provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding by solving problems in familiar and unfamiliar situations, and by analysing and evaluating scientific information presented to them.

Descriptors

There are man opportunities to assess this criterion. Usually it will be done through tests and exams.

Assessment 1 - Unit test

Assessment 2 - Unit test

Criterion C


Criterion D: Scientific enquiry

Students are expected to design and carry out scientific investigations independently.

Students should be able to

  • state a problem that can be tested by an investigation;
  • formulate a suitable hypothesis;
  • identify and manipulate variables;
  • plan an appropriate investigation including the method and materials;
  • evaluate the method.

Assessment tasks for scientific inquiry should provide students with the opportunity to design, plan and carry out scientific investigations independently. Suitable assessment tasks to assess this criterion include laboratory experiments and field studies.

Descriptors

This is probably the hardest of the criteria from the students point of view. The assessment will take place by means of self planned practical experiments and their subsequent write-ups.

Assessment 1 - Solubility

Assessment 2 -

NOTE: Reliability: Refers to measurement of the data. This depends upon the selection of the measuring instrument, the precision and accuracy of the measurements, errors associated with the measurement, the size of the sample, the sampling techniques used, the number of readings.

Validity: Refers to the success of the method at measuring what the investigator wishes to measure. This includes factors such as the choice of the measuring instrument and whether this measures what it is supposed to measure, the conditions of the experiment, and variable manipulation (fair testing).

Criterion D


Criterion E: Processing data

Processing data refers to enabling students to organize and process data.

Students should be able to organize and transform data by numerical calculations into diagrammatic form (tables, graphs and charts) and draw and explain appropriate conclusions.

Descriptors

Suitable assessment tasks to assess this criterion include scientific investigations carried out by students, or by others, as well as laboratory reports and studies that provide students with raw data for further processing and analysis.

Assessment 1 - Solubility

Assessment 2 -


Criterion E


Criterion F: Performance in experiments

This criterion refers to encouraging students attitudes of safety, respect and collaboration. Students are expected to:

  • carry out scientific investigations using materials and techniques skillfully and safely and showing respect for the living and non-living environment
  • work effectively as a member of a team, collaborating, acknowledging and respecting the views of others as well as ensuring a safe working environment.

Evidence of performance of this criterion should be collected from the observation of students when working in science, individually and in groups. This criterion should be internally assessed but it is not externally moderated.

Descriptors

There are many opportunities to assess this criterion in the course of the year. A full list of practical experiments can be found here.

Assessment 1 -

Assessment 2 -

Criterion F


 
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