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Curriculum & Assessment

(MYP) Curriculum & Assessment

Curriculum and Assessment

IB Middle Years Programme All students at Commack Middle School learn through the MYP. The program is focused on encouraging students to become critical and reflective thinkers and is comprised of 8 subject areas: Language and Literature (English), Language Acquisition (World Languages), Individual and Societies (Social Studies), Sciences, Math, Arts (Visual and Performing) Design (Technology and Family and Consumer Sciences) and Physical and Health Education.
The MYP expects that teachers will continue to follow the state-mandated or district-approved curriculum, therefore the MYP does not change what is learned, just how it is learned. The MYP framework allows teachers to select a global context which serves as a “theme” that permeates one’s teaching of any topic and encourages students to make connections between subjects, to link what they learn to the real world and to global issues, and to reflect and act on their learning.

Commack Middle School Assessment Policy

Commack Middle School Assessment Policy

Purpose of Assessment

We believe that assessment supports and encourages student learning and understanding, and to that end we believe formative assessments should be utilized throughout each grade level and subject area. These formative assessments are frequent and varied and designed to check for knowledge and understanding. We use formative assessments to guide decisions and facilitate instruction, to help students meet the required state and MYP objectives.

Additionally, upon completion of units of study, summative assessments are used to determine the level of achievement. Through a combination of learning opportunities and evaluative tools, we aim to sustain effective teaching and learning. Assessments should promote critical-thinking skills and provide final objectives that embrace these skills. In addition, teachers should provide timely feedback to both students and parents with regard to the students’ progress in meeting the final objectives.

Students should:
  • have a clear idea of the concepts, content, enduring understandings and skills that are being assessed, and the criteria on which they are being assessed.
  • have a clear understanding that they will be assessed in a variety of ways that will contribute to their overall evaluation.
  • receive clear and timely feedback regarding assessment outcomes.
  • be given clear notification of assessments for which preparation is needed.
  • engage in self-reflection to identify challenging goals for their own learning.
  • monitor their progress, performance, and learning goals with the use of a daily planner.