MYP 9

Assessment in MYP


During the course of year 9 the students (yes you!) will be assessed on several occasions.

It is envisaged that each criterion will be assessed at lease once per semester.

Criterion A: Knowing and understanding

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.

level Year 5 (Grades 9 & 10) - Criterion A: Knowing and understanding - Maximum: 8
0   The student does not reach a standard identified by any of the descriptors below.
1-2
  • i. state scientific knowledge
  • ii. apply scientific knowledge and understanding to suggest solutions to problems set in familiar situations
  • iii. interpret information to make judgments.
3-4
  • i. outline scientific knowledge
  • ii. apply scientific knowledge and understanding to solve problems set in familiar situations
  • iii. interpret information to make scientifically supported judgments.
5-6
  • i. describe scientific knowledge
  • ii. apply scientific knowledge and understanding to solve problems set in familiar situations and suggest solutions to problems set in unfamiliar situations
  • iii. analyse information to make scientifically supported judgments.
7-8
  • i. explain scientific knowledge
  • ii. apply scientific knowledge and understanding to solve problems set in familiar and unfamiliar situations
  • iii. analyse and evaluate information to make scientifically supported judgments.

Criterion A


Criterion B: Inquiring and designing

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.

level Year 5 (Grades 9 & 10) - Criterion B: Inquiring and designing - Maximum: 8
0   The student does not reach a standard identified by any of the descriptors below.
1-2
  • i. state a problem or question to be tested by a scientific investigation
  • ii. outline a testable hypothesis
  • iii. outline the variables
  • iv. design a method, with limited success.
3-4
  • i. outline a problem or question to be tested by a scientific investigation
  • ii. formulate a testable hypothesis using scientific reasoning
  • iii. outline how to manipulate the variables, and outline how relevant data will be collected
  • iv. design a safe method in which he or she selects materials and equipment.
5-6
  • i. describe a problem or question to be tested by a scientific investigation
  • ii. formulate and explain a testable hypothesis using scientific reasoning
  • iii. describe how to manipulate the variables, and describe how sufficient, relevant data will be collected
  • iv. design a complete and safe method in which he or she selects appropriate materials and equipment.
7-8
  • i. explain a problem or question to be tested by a scientific investigation
  • ii. formulate and explain a testable hypothesis using correct scientific reasoning
  • iii. explain how to manipulate the variables, and explain how sufficient, relevant data will be collected
  • iv. design a logical, complete and safe method in which he or she selects appropriate materials and equipment.

Criterion B


Criterion C: Processing and evaluating

level Year 5 (Grades 9 & 10) - Criterion C: Processing and evaluating - Maximum: 8
0   The student does not reach a standard identified by any of the descriptors below.
1-2
  • i. collect and present data in numerical and/or visual forms
  • ii. accurately interpret data
  • iii. state the validity of a hypothesis based on the outcome of a scientific investigation
  • iv. state the validity of the method based on the outcome of a scientific investigation
  • v. state improvements or extensions to the method.
3-4
  • i. correctly collect and present data in numerical and/or visual forms
  • ii. accurately interpret data and explain results
  • iii. outline the validity of a hypothesis based on the outcome of a scientific investigation
  • iv. outline the validity of the method based on the outcome of a scientific investigation
  • v. outline improvements or extensions to the method that would benefit the scientific investigation.
5-6
  • i. correctly collect, organize and present data in numerical and/or visual forms
  • ii. accurately interpret data and explain results using scientific reasoning
  • iii. discuss the validity of a hypothesis based on the outcome of a scientific investigation
  • iv. discuss the validity of the method based on the outcome of a scientific investigation
  • v. describe improvements or extensions to the method that would benefit the scientific investigation.
7-8
  • i. correctly collect, organize, transform and present data in numerical and/or visual forms
  • ii. accurately interpret data and explain results using correct scientific reasoning
  • iii. evaluate the validity of a hypothesis based on the outcome of a scientific investigation
  • iv. evaluate the validity of the method based on the outcome of a scientific investigation
  • v. explain improvements or extensions to the method that would benefit the scientific investigation.

Criterion C


Criterion D: Scientific enquiry

level Year 5 (Grades 9 & 10) - Criterion D: Reflecting on the impacts of science - Maximum: 8
0   The student does not reach a standard identified by any of the descriptors below.
1-2
  • i. outline the ways in which science is used to address a specific problem or issue
  • ii. outline the implications of using science to solve a specific problem or issue, interacting with a factor
  • iii. apply scientific language to communicate understanding but does so with limited success
  • iv. document sources, with limited success.
3-4
  • i. summarize the ways in which science is applied and used to address a specific problem or issue
  • ii. describe the implications of using science and its application to solve a specific problem or issue, interacting with a factor
  • iii. sometimes apply scientific language to communicate understanding
  • iv. sometimes document sources correctly.
5-6
  • i. describe the ways in which science is applied and used to address a specific problem or issue
  • ii. discuss the implications of using science and its application to solve a specific problem or issue, interacting with a factor
  • iii. usually apply scientific language to communicate understanding clearly and precisely
  • iv. usually document sources correctly.
7-8
  • i. explain the ways in which science is applied and used to address a specific problem or issue
  • ii. discuss and evaluate the implications of using science and its application to solve a specific problem or issue, interacting with a factor
  • iii. consistently apply scientific language to communicate understanding clearly and precisely
  • iv. document sources completely

Criterion D



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