Continuous evaluation of student learning is an integral part of the instructional process in the SABIS® Network. Frequent testing is conducted in order to evaluate student learning and permit timely, positive intervention. Testing students in this way has a number of very important advantages:
- Students learn to perform well under the pressure of time and other constraints
- Students develop the ability to focus and to sustain concentration for increasingly long periods
- Feedback from testing allows close monitoring and follow-up
Different Types of Assessments:
Diagnostic tests are an academic “x-ray” to detect pre-existing gaps in knowledge and are administered to all new, incoming students. Results of the test help determine grade level placement. Diagnostic tests are also used to determine English and math levels or readiness to leave intensive classes.
The SABIS Academic Monitoring System® (SABIS®AMS) is a computerized test designed to check student learning and long-term retention. Students begin to take these assessments in Grade 2 for math, and Grade 3 for math and English. The value of the SABIS® AMS is that it is able to evaluate students’ grasp of essential concepts on a regular basis. The test includes multiple-choice questions with answers recorded on "bubble sheets" and is computer-scored. The SABIS® AMS counts for 20% of a student's total grade in a given subject.
Periodic Exams, which begin in Grade 1, help to isolate "gaps" in student learning and monitor student’s mastery of essential concepts. These assessments test concepts taught in the last three weeks and results are sent home within two weeks of the exam. Periodic exams serve as a re-teaching guide for teachers.