ISA Testing Reminder

ISA Testing is Next Week – October 9 & 10
Here are some things you can do to help your child be successful with this testing.
– Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep.
– Make sure your child eats a healthy, filling breakfast.
– Make sure your child is to school on time (we will start right away).
– If avoidable, please do not plan an absence for either of those days, as your child cannot make up the test.

International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) Information

Tuesday October 9 and Wednesday October 10, 2012 Grades 3-9

What is ISA?

International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) is an annual assessment program that has been specially developed to measure skills in mathematical literacy, reading and writing of students in international schools. ISA is based on the internationally endorsed reading and mathematical literacy frameworks of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It is designed and developed in Australia by the Australian Council for

Educational Research (ACER). The ISA reports provide descriptive information about what students know and can do. The results are equated from year to year so they can be used to track changes over time at individual and school level.

What is ISA NOT?

ISA is not a competitive or comparative test, such as the IB Diploma or AP. It is not a test that students “pass”. It will not be used for purposes other than providing data to us, you, and your child, about his/her learning. While we give opportunities for practice, students do not ‘prepare’ for the tests, since they are consistent with what students learn on a regular basis.

Who uses ISA?

A growing number of international schools now use ISA, including many of the acknowledged world leaders in international education.

How do the assessments work?

Students complete a reading literacy test, a mathematical literacy test and two writing tests, each of which takes between 45 minutes and one hour to administer. The tests include both multiple-choice and open-ended tasks.

What grades will take the ISA?

We will use ISA this year in grades 3-9.

When is the ISA?

The tests will be taken on Tuesday October 9 and Wednesday October 10, 2012. The tests will be taken in ‘normal’ school conditions e.g. in homeroom groups, in conditions that are familiar to our students.

How will SIS use the results?

As a school, we will analyze all data about the general patterns of performance and use these as another of the ways in which we monitor and modify our educational program. These data will be one of the ‘success indicators’ to which we pay attention each year.

What information will I receive as a parent?

We will pass on all information about your child to you in the form of an individual report. These reports are provided by ACER and are very comprehensive. They will give you a detailed record of your child’s performance in relation to scales that describe increasingly advanced skills in mathematical literacy, reading literacy and writing. It is entirely your decision as to whether you pass on this information to another school when you leave SIS.

In Conclusion:

We see the development of ISA as a significant advance in international education that will provide you with clear information about your child’s progress against credible, objective international standards. If you have any questions about the ISA at SIS, please feel free to contact your child’s homeroom teacher and/or the school counselors. You may also wish to visit the websites of PISA (www.pisa.oecd.org) and/or ACER (www.acer.edu.au), for further information.

(information excerpted from www.acer.edu.au)

ISA Testing

ISA Testing is Next Week – October 9 & 10
Here are some things you can do to help your child be successful with this testing.
– Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep.
– Make sure your child eats a healthy, filling breakfast.
– Make sure your child is to school on time (we will start right away).
– If avoidable, please do not plan an absence for either of those days, as your child cannot make up the test.