At ASHK, all teachers strive to help their students work towards mastery of the standards. With that goal in mind, our teachers apply a holistic approach to teaching, learning, and assessing students’ understanding. Teachers will assess students formally and informally, the communication of performance expectations is done through learning targets and rubrics. On a daily basis, teachers use formative assessments such as interactive quizzes, exit tickets, conferencing, and questioning. Data gathered from formative assessments is used to design lessons that meet the needs of students and fill any gaps in understanding.
At the end of each unit, students complete summative assessments that allow them to demonstrate the skills they learned throughout the unit and, in many cases, apply the skills to real life. Summative assessments include, but are not limited to: written tests and quizzes, oral quizzes, presentations, essays, and performance-based assessments.
Teachers design assessment tasks that reflect desired learning outcomes but also include an opportunity for students to show creativity and critical thinking - assessments that not only show knowledge but also process. Many of the performance-based or student-driven assessments also include the opportunity to address our schoolwide learner outcomes.
Students at ASHK are assessed twice annually using the NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) standardized assessment; this is also commonly used amongst international schools in Hong Kong. Improvement plans are identified after the first set of tests and growth scores are analyzed after the second set. Following completion of each set of MAP tests, the school presents to parents the mean RIT scores of each individual student and grade level and compares them to means on the NWEA MAP International Dashboard.
As one of the largest operators for international schools in the world, schools under Esol Education have a long history of student achievement above world averages in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and other quality graduation programs, with some exceptional students achieving perfect scores, attained by only 0.32% of students worldwide.
With a successful post-secondary preparation program in the senior years, 100% of Esol graduates go on to tertiary education. Esol students are accepted into universities or colleges in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Europe, the Middle East, or elsewhere, with several placements in the world’s top 50 schools (ranked by Reuters and the Times Education Supplement) including Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, Yale, MIT, and Columbia.