• MYP Subjects and assessment criteria

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    As is presented in the visual model of the IB Middle Years Program, there are eight subjects that are all required for a minimum of 50 instructional hours in each year of the MYP.  For each subject, the MYP assessment criteria is used as the "measuring tool" for teachers to determine how well students can demonstrate the Colorado state content standards.  To simplify our assessment practice, the state content standards are WHAT we measure for student achievement, and the MYP assessment criteria are HOW we measure for student achievement.  We utilize our gradebooks so we can report out on either axis, the student progress toward/beyond proficiency in the state standards, or the student progress toward achievement and independence in each assessment criterion.
     
     
    To visit the Colorado Department of Education home page for content areas and standards, please go to http://www.cde.state.co.us/contentareas/index.asp. 

     

    You can read over our district and MYP assessment policy in the link below.

     
     
     
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  • MYP Arts

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    The MYP Arts span both the visual arts and the performing arts.  The MYP requires students to compile over time a portfolio called the "Development Workbook."  The Development Workbook (DW) allows students to reflect on their artistic process, consider teacher feedback in meaningful ways, and connect their skills to how and why they learn.  In Summit schools, our Arts teachers provide instruction in the Colorado state content standards for Music and Visual Art.  At this time, our Arts programs do not include the Colorado state content standards for Dance, or Drama & Theater Arts.
     
     
    MYP Arts assessment criteria:
    Criterion A = Knowledge and understanding
    Criterion B = Application
    Criterion C = Reflection and evaluation
    Criterion D = Personal engagement
     
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  • MYP Design Cycle and Technology

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    There is sometimes confusion in MYP schools over the nature of the "Technology" subject area.  A distinction must be made between the MYP Technology subject, which is more aptly described as "Design Cycle," and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT), which often includes the use of computers, presentation and database software by students to perform and communicate their work.
     

    Inquiry and problem solving are at the heart of MYP technologyMYP technology requires the use of the design cycle for solving problems in technology and promotes a practical and inquiry-based approachThe subject uses the design cycle as the model of thinking and the strategy to help students investigate problems and design, plan, create and evaluate the products/solutions that they generate. A product/solution can be defined as a model, prototype, product or system that students have generated independently. This means that MYP technology expects students to become actively involved in and to focus on the whole design process rather than on the final products/solutions. This helps students to develop not only practical skills but also creative- and critical-thinking strategies.
     

    Information and communication technology (ICT) involves the use of computers, its applications and communications facilities in teaching and learning activities. The use of ICT extends to all the teaching and learning in all subjects across the curriculum.  The effective use of ICT is as an ‘Approaches to Learning' (ATL) skill that permeates all other subject areas.


    Our district's Technology teachers are responsible for covering the National Education Technology Standards (NETS), which were written by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).  The NETS meet or exceed the Colorado state content standards for ICT, which now are found embedded into the other Colorado state content areas.  Therefore, to meet our minimum of 50 hours of instruction and assessment for MYP Design, Summit Middle School is implementing a plan to integrate the MYP Technology objectives and criteria into other subjects.  This is a work in progress as of April 2013 so stay tuned for more!

     
    MYP Technology assessment criteria:
    Criterion A = Investigate
    Criterion B = Design
    Criterion C = Plan
    Criterion D = Create
    Criterion E = Evaluate
    Criterion F = Attitudes in technology
     
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  • MYP Humanities

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    Humanities courses teach what is traditionally known as Social Studies.  Humanities teachers are responsible for covering the Colorado state content standards for Social Studies.
     
     
    MYP Humanities Assessment criteria:
    Criterion A = Knowing and understanding
    Criterion B = Investigating
    Criterion C = Thinking critically
    Criterion D = Communicating
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  • MYP Language A

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    Language "A" refers to the primary language of instruction in an MYP school.  For our schools, that is English, so Language A is synonymous with language arts class.  Language A teachers are responsible for the Colorado state content standards for Reading, Writing and Communicating.
     
    MYP Language A Assessment criteria:
    Criterion A = Content
    Criterion B = Organization
    Criterion C = Style and language usage
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  • MYP Language B

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    Language B refers to the acquisition of an additional language after one's mother tongue.  MYP Language B is designed to expose students to five full years of continuous instruction in the same world language, in order to facilitate the communication abilities holistic learning, and intercultural awareness that are the cornerstone of international education.  Students are supported in acquiring functional fluency in their Language B by the end of year 5.  Currently, Summit schools offer Spanish and French as their Language B choices.  Language B teachers are responsible for covering the Colorado state content standards for World Languages, which are written for novice through intermediate levels.
     
     
    MYP Language B assessment criteria:
    Criterion A = Oral communication
    Criterion B = Visual interpretation
    Criterion C = Reading comprehension
    Criterion D = Writing
     
    Language B teachers work to modify all four of these criteria in the classroom to accommodate different phases of language acquisition and to correlate the criteria with the level of state standards (novice to intermediate) a student is working on.
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  • MYP Mathematics

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    Our Math teachers are responsible for covering the Colorado state content standards for Mathematics.  They provide a strong continuum of mathematics courses that meet students at their appropriate developmental level and build solid foundations for advancing concepts as students progress. 
     
     
    MYP Math assessment criteria:
    Criterion A = Knowledge and understanding
    Criterion B = Investigating patterns
    Criterion C = Communication in mathematics
    Criterion D = Reflection in mathematics
     
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  • MYP Physical Education

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    Our Physical Education, or PE, teachers are responsible for covering the Colorado state content standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education.
     
     
    MYP PE assessment criteria:
    Criterion A = Use of knowledge
    Criterion B = Movement composition
    Criterion C = Performance
    Criterion D = Social skills and personal engagement
     
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  • MYP Sciences

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    Our Science teachers are responsible for covering the Colorado state content standards for Science.
     
     
    MYP Science assessment criteria:
    Criterion A = One world
    Criterion B = Communication in science
    Criterion C = Knowledge and understanding of science
    Criterion D = Scientific inquiry
    Criterion E = Processing data
    Criterion F = Attitudes in science
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