20 Jan Assessment in ESS IB
Assessment in an integral part of teaching and learning. The most important assessment goals in ESS IB is that it should support curricula goals and encourage student learning. Both external and internal assessment is used in the ESS IB. IB examiners mark work produced for external assessment, while work produced for ESS IAs is marked by teachers and externally moderated by examiners.
There are two types of assessment identified by the IB:
• Formative assessment – it is concerned with providing accurate and helpful feedback to students and teachers on the kind of learning taking place and the nature of students’ strengths and weaknesses in order to help develop their capabilities/ Formative assessment can also help to improve teaching quality.
• Summative assessment gives an overview of previous learning and is concerned with measuring student achievement.
The ESS IB primarily focuses on summative assessment designed to record student achievement at, or towards the end of, the course.
Specimen and past examination papers and markschemes can be purchased from the IB store.