How will students be evaluated and graded in STEM ?



    Part of moving to the IB (International Baccalaureate) MYP (Middle Years Program) requires teachers, students, and parents to look differently at how students are evaluated and assessed on their work. Therefore, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) will be using the IB method for assessing students’ performance this year.


    In STEM, students will be evaluated and assessed in four areas: Criterion A: Inquiring and AnalyzingCriterion B: Developing ideas, Criterion C: Creating the solution, and Criterion D: Evaluating. Each quarter, students will be given at least two but probably more opportunities to demonstrate their abilities in these areas. Each time a student is evaluated on their work, they will be given a numeric score ranging from 0 to 8. At the end of the quarter, the teacher will evaluate a student’s scores in each area and give a single score for that area. The single score will range between 0-8. In grading, it is important to note that this score is not an average of the scores in this area. The score is determined when the teacher and student reflect and determine how the scores and work demonstrate the student’s growth in the area over the course of the quarter. A traditional letter grade equivalent will be given at the end of the quarter and recorded in Powerschools but to see how your student is doing day to day Canvas would be the place to look.


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    Criterion A: Inquiring and analyzing (Maximum: 8)


    At the end of the year, students should be able to:

    i. explain and justify the need for a solution to a problem

    ii. state and prioritize the main points of research needed to develop a solution to the problem

    iii. describe the main features of one existing product that inspires a solution to the problem

    iv. present the main findings of relevant research.




    Criterion B: Developing ideas (Maximum: 8)


    At the end of the year, students should be able to:

    i. develop a list of success criteria for the solution

    ii. present feasible design ideas, which can be correctly interpreted by others

    iii. present the chosen design

    iv. create a planning drawing/diagram which outlines the main details for making the chosen solution.




    Criterion C: Criterion C: Creating the solution (Maximum: 8)


    At the end of the year, students should be able to:

    i. outline a plan, which considers the use of resources and time, sufficient for peers to be able to follow to create the solution

    ii. demonstrate excellent technical skills when making the solution

    iii. follow the plan to create the solution, which functions as intended list the changes made to the chosen design and plan when making the solution

    iv. present the solution as a whole.




    Criterion D: Evaluating


    At the end of the year, students should be able to:

    i. outline simple, relevant testing methods, which generate data, to measure the success of the solution

    ii. outline the success of the solution against the design specification

    iii. outline how the solution could be improved

    iv. outline the impact of the solution on the client/target audience.







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