The school follows a policy of Assessment for Learning whereby students are continuously assessed on their work and given feedback on how to improve. As part of this policy, students are also taught how to self-assess and peer-assess so that they begin to take ownership of their learning journey. Parents will be given regular feedback on student progress and suggestions for how they can help at home. Teachers undergo regular sessions moderating student work against the selected objectives to ensure that the students are making the required progress from grade to grade.
To ensure that students are being sufficiently challenged and to find out any areas of weakness that may not have surfaced, we will use the Cognitive Abilities Tests (CAT4) from GL Assessments in the UK on entry to the school, in grade 2, and again in grade 5. These tests are widely used both in the UK and internationally. They provide a standardised measure of cognitive reasoning ability without reference to curriculum-based material. This means that they assess general strength in the areas of verbal, non-verbal, mathematical, and spatial reasoning. What these tests tell us is the innate ability of the child and can highlight areas where the student has particular strengths or weaknesses. This provides an essential tool for teachers to focus on areas for development.
For student tracking progress, Evolution will adopt InCAS (grades 1 to 5) and MidYIS (grades 6 to 8). InCAS is a computer-adaptive assessment that helps identify and diagnose learning needs. It helps you measure progress in key developmental areas, which research shows are important to later academic success, across the primary phase. MidYIS is a computer-adaptive assessment for pupils aged 11 to 14, that provides information to help identify pupils strengths and weaknesses, and predict how students are likely to perform at IGCSE. Value-added data from MidYIS shows the progress students are making, and helps see the impact of teaching. (https://www.cem.org).
In grade 9, students will take the IGCSE Core/Standard exams in maths, English, biology, chemistry, and physics. This is again in line with the Egyptian government protocol. These exams will give the school and the students a snapshot of their preparation for the more important Extended/High IGCSE in grade 10. Again, this could be subject to change if the government protocol changes in the future.
In grade 10, students will take their eight IGCSE Extended/High exams in their six compulsory subjects and their two electives.
In grade 12, students take the IB Diploma exams in their six chosen subject areas.