Semester 1 Progress Reports and ISA Testing

Hello from the “Middle”!

Semester 1 Progress Reports

We have completed the first semester of the 19/20 school year! You will be able to view a second report on the academic progress that your child is making here at UNIS Hanoi Middle School on Thursday January, 23rd.

The Semester 1 report will show progress criteria levels in each course. Criteria levels in MYP courses range from 1-8 and there are four criteria in each MYP course. These levels have been arrived at by multiple pieces of formative and summative assessment evidence and represent the progress made by your student during this first half of the 19/20 school year.

Comments are not a regular part of this semester 1 report. Students receive regular feedback in their classes including comments designed to help them improve performance on future assessments.

Parents can continue to view this “live” feedback in the UNIS Hanoi Middle School open Veracross Gradebooks. You will be able to see posted assessment calendars, view teacher feedback, track assignment completion, and see levels of achievement on completed assessments. Clarity on student progress and parent ability to assist their students are goals for the Middle School. If you have any comments, feedback, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher directly.

ISA Testing

Your child will be participating in the International Schools Assessment (ISA), a product of the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER), on February 13th and 14th, 2020. ISA is based on the reading, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy frameworks of the OECD’s Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA).

UNIS Hanoi has been using the paper form of the test for more than 10 years. Students from grade 3 to grade 9 will be tested in Reading, Mathematics, Narrative Writing and Expository Writing.
The school has chosen ISA because it is specifically designed for students in international schools of which instructional language is English. As ISA is not specific to a single curriculum, it provides non-cultural-bias questions that ensure the content is appropriate for students in international schools. Another advantage of ISA compared to other standardised tests is that ISA includes open-ended questions and writing tasks which better showcase students’ thinking process.
Regarding data analysis, the school uses ISA reports as a piece of data to inform students learning. Individual student results are input in the school’s Learning Analytics Collaborative (LAC), a platform for data management. Together with professional judgements and classroom records, standardised testing data is used in grade level meetings, department meetings, learning retreats and is frequently revisited for instructional adjustment and personalised learning purposes. ISA results provide breakdowns in specific knowledge areas as well as learning skills and allow the school to track progress over time. Moreover, ISA is a tool for the school to measure where they are on international benchmarks.
Being an Australian company, ACER is compliant with privacy and data law. Therefore, any school participating in ISA is required to inform parents about the privacy statement which could be found in the attachment.
Should you not hesitate to contact the school for further information.
Thank you for your support –
Marc, JJ, and the MS Team