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ISA Benchmark Testing2

The Introduction of The International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) Benchmarking at SVP.

One of the most important questions for teachers and parents is, “How is mychild doing?”. A related question is “Compared to what?”, “Compared to UjianNasional?”, “Compared to other National Plus schools?” Since SVP uses an International curriculum we need to use an external assessment based on international standards. We will therefore, introduce an external benchmark test using the the International Schools’ Assessment (ISA).

What is ISA?

International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) is an annual assessment programme that has been specially developed to measure skills in mathematical literacy, reading and writing (in English) of students in international and international standard schools.

ISA is based on the internationally endorsed reading and mathematical literacy frameworks of the Programme 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, grade and school level.

What is ISA NOT?

ISA is not a competitive or comparative test, such as the UN or Cambridge International Exams. 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 and there is no formal ISA Curriculum, since they are consistent with what students learn on a regular basis and based on the IB PYP and IB MYP frameworks.

Who uses ISA?

A growing number of international schools now use ISA, including many of the acknowledged world leaders in international education. In Indonesia these schools include; ACG International School, Binus International School Simprug, Jakarta International School, and Sekolah Pelita Harapan International

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.

When is the ISA benchmarking?

We will use ISA this year in Grades 3,5,8 and 10. The tests will be administered in the mornings of February 4th and 5th. They will be taken in ‘normal’ school test conditions e.g. in classroom or homeroom groups, in conditions that are familiar to our students. (but under test conditions, ie: no talking, no using phones, no computers etc)

What are the implications?

SVP will bear all costs for the ISA Benchmarking, parents will not be asked for any contribution. The results of the ISA will not form any part of the students reports and does not count towards their grades. All participating students will receive a certificate acknowledging their effort and achievement.

How will SVP use the results?

As a school, we will analyse all data about the general patterns of performance and use these as another of the ways in which we monitor and modify our educational programmes. This data will be one of the ‘success indicators’ or Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to which we pay attention each year.

In Conclusion

We see the development and use of ISA benchmarking as an important and significant advance for internationally minded schools in this country that will provide us with clear information about your child’s progress and our school programmes against credible, objective international standards.

You may also wish to visit the websites of PISA (www.pisa.oecd.org) and/or ACER (www.acer.edu.au), for further information.

Trial Test Times for SVP 

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Time Activity
08.00 – 08.05 Student background information
08.05 – 08.10 Practice questions
08.10 – 09.00  Test questions
  Teacher Feedback Form (complete while students do test)