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Assessments at SRMS

Assessments in the MYP are criterion based. This means that students’ achievement is measured against criteria which have descriptors for each level of achievement rather than by comparing one student to other students in a class. The criteria provide a transparent system for the students and parents on what students need to do in order to reach a certain level. This system expects students to demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding rather than just recalling knowledge.  Each subject group has four objectives (A-D) and several strands (indicators).  These can be summarized by the chart below.  Click on each link for detailed rubrics.  As Stemmers Run, 6th and 7th grade teachers will utilize the Year 1 rubrics while 8th grade teachers will utilize the Year 3 rubrics.

Course

Objective A

Objective B

Objective C

Objective D

Language and Literature

Year 1

Year 3

Analyzing

Organizing

Producing Text

Using Language

Language Acquisition

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Comprehending spoken and visual text

Comprehending written and visual text

Communicating

Using Language

Individuals and Societies

Year 1

Year 3

Knowing and Understanding

Investigating

Communicating

Thinking Critically

Sciences

Year 1

Year 3

Knowing and Understanding

Inquiring and designing

Processing and evaluating

Reflecting on the impacts of science

Mathematics

Year 1

Year 3

Knowing and Understanding

Investigating Patterns

Communicating

Applying Mathematics in real-world context

Arts

Year 1

Year 3

Knowing and understanding

Developing Skills

Thinking Creatively

Responding

Physical and Health Education

Year 1

Year 3

Knowing and Understanding

Planning for performance

Applying and performing

Reflecting and improving performance

Design

Year 1

Year 3

Inquiring and analyzing

Developing Ideas

Creating the solution

Evaluating

MYP Projects

Investigating

Planning

Taking Action

Reflecting

Interdisciplinary

Disciplinary Grounding

Synthesizing

Communicating

Reflecting

 

 

As part of SRMS’s plan for authorization, the following grading plan will be implemented to phase in the IB grading model.

Year

SRMS Grading

2017-2018

Following Baltimore County Public Schools Grading Policy

  • 50-point grading scale

2018-2019

**Authorization**

Following Baltimore County Public Schools Grading Policy

  • Handful of assignments graded on IB Rubric
  • IB scores converted to 50-point grading scale for gradebook

2019-2020

Implementing IB Grading

  • Summative tasks scored on rubrics
  • Feedback given on formative tasks
  • IB scores converted to 50-point grading scale for gradebook
  • BCPS interim and IB progress report issued
  • 50-point grading scale used to determine final grades

2020-2021

Implementing IB Grading

  • Summative tasks scored on rubrics
  • Feedback given on formative tasks
  • IB scores converted to 50-point grading scale for gradebook
  • BCPS interim and IB progress report issued
  • Both BCPS and IB Report Card issued
  • 50-point grading scale used to determine final grades

2021-2022

**Evaluation**

Implementing IB Grading

  • Majority of grade determined by IB Objectives
  • Scores converted to 50-point scale for BCPS grade reporting
  • BCPS interim and IB progress report issued
  • Both BCPS and IB Report Card issued

 

SRMS teachers will use the following conversion chart to convert IB scores into BCPS grades.

IB Achievement

Level

BCPS

Grade

BCPS

Percentage

0

E

50%

1–2

D

1 = 60%

2 = 66%

3–4

C

3 = 72%

4 = 77%

5–6

B

5 = 83%

6 = 87%

7–8

A

7 = 95%

8 = 100%