Middle Years IB assessment is a little different than what you may be used to seeing. While your child will get a regular 1-100 grade on his/her report card, we also use the Middle Years IB assessment criteria on many assignments. These criteria help give students, families and teachers feedback to help students grow.
All subject areas have at 4 criteria (A-D); each is specific to the subject. Each criteria is broken into 5 bands, with zero being the lowest. The highest score on this scale is an 8 - this means that on that assignment, the student's work is far above average. This may mean that the student's insight into a particular text is very sophisticated or that he is able to solve math problems in unfamiliar ways.
Most students will have scores in the 4-5 range. Generally, a score of a 4-5 means that the student's work is at the expected level. It does not mean that the student is working at traditional grade of 50% (4/8)! This can be confusing in PowerSchool.
Because PowerSchool often translates the scores on the IB rubrics to a percentile, it is important to note that raw IB scores are not used as part of a grade. The rubric from which the score is determined should be attached to the assignment - the achievement descriptors on that will give parents and students information about why that score was determined.
Links to each subject's criteria are here:
If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Shackleford, our MYP-IB Coordinator.