How are students graded on the Personal Project?
Students will experience both formative and summative assessments in this class. A formative assessment is used to monitor and support learning as the student engages in the process of the project. Formative assessment use individual feedback rather than traditional letter grades as a way to provide students with insights into the ongoing development of knowledge, understanding, skills, and attitudes related to the project. Additionally, formative assessment provides evidence to the student and the teacher about where they are in their learning and where they need to go next.
Summative assessments are used at the end of the course to provide evidence for evaluating student learning. These assessments are scored using the IB Personal Project rubric which provides a summary of student proficiency levels the course objectives; investigation, planning, taking action, and reflection. Final summative assessment scores do not use a mathematical average to determine a final score, rather the evidence provided by the student is used to determine the best representation of student learning. This best representation is used to determine the semester grade at the end of the course according to the table below.
The Huron Personal Project grade is assessed using four equal criteria as shown in the outline below.
- define a clear goal and global context for the project, based on personal interests
- identify prior learning and subject-specific knowledge relevant to the project
- demonstrate research skills.
- develop criteria for the product/outcome
- plan and record the development process of the project
- demonstrate self-management skills.
C) Taking action
- create a product/outcome in response to the goal, global context, and criteria
- demonstrate thinking skills
- demonstrate communication and social skills.
- evaluate the quality of the product/outcome against their criteria
- reflect on how completing the project has extended their knowledge and understanding of the topic and the global context
- reflect on their development as IB learners through the project.
The table below shows the four acheivement levels that describe student performance on the four criteria. Rubrics are used to determine achievement levels. Link to Rubrics.
Final MYP criteria grades and a traditional letter grade are determined from achievement levels using the table below.
The table below lists all of the assessments that are used in the course. It also shows if the assessment is formative or summative.