Assess

Overview

Licensees can benefit from continuous evaluation of student learning. SABIS® exams are split into two categories:
- Weekly SABIS Academic Monitoring System® (AMS) to check for gaps
- Multi-concept exams (periodic and end-of-term exams, etc.) to check for comprehensive understanding

SABIS ACADEMIC MONITORING SYSTEM® (AMS) EXAMS

SABIS Academic Monitoring System® exams are administered weekly to check that students have learned and retained the points covered in class during the past week. Each question on the exam assesses exactly one AMS concept. Students are made aware of which concepts they will be tested on before the exam, and these concepts are clearly highlighted in SABIS® textbooks.

PERIODIC EXAMS

Periodic exams assess concepts and skills that students have learned in a designated period of time. Additionally, they assess multi-concept thinking. Periodic exams are administered several times throughout the year for each subject.

END-OF-TERM/YEAR EXAMS

An end-of-term exam assesses all material covered in one term, and an end-of-year exam assesses all material covered throughout the year.

METHOD OF DELIVERY

A licensee can choose to administer exams either as paper-based or in the SABIS Integrated Testing and Learning® (ITL®) format. ITL® allows learning to be combined with testing, thereby providing immediate feedback and learning opportunities through seamlessly integrating testing and learning activities.

AMS RETAKES

If a licensee chooses to administer exams in the SABIS Integrated Testing and Learning® (ITL®) format, a retake AMS will be automatically and immediately generated for students to sit for at an appropriate time.

If the AMS exams are paper-based and the licensee chooses to implement the SABIS Student Life Organization® (SLO®), the SLO® schedules retake AMS sessions for the students who have failed. Once the results have been compiled, the data is then analyzed to establish the effectiveness of the academic support programs.

We will now look at how assessment results can be viewed and monitored by the school administration, as well as by children’s parents. Organizations operating more than one school will also be able to view and analyze assessment scores from their corporate headquarters, so that they can then take any necessary action.

Administration

A licensed school can prepare exams using the SABIS® Exam Management System (EMS). To create an exam using the EMS, one might specify the book location, the difficulty needed, the number of questions, time, etc. Accordingly, questions are selected from the database. SABIS® builds quality control measures within the software to ensure SABIS® exam generation standards are met in all schools.

EXAM REPORTS

Suppose that in Lesson 1, a teacher covers concepts A, B, C, and D, and in Lesson 2, covers concepts E, F, G, and H. Before the teacher covers concepts I, J, K, and L in Lesson 3, students take an AMS exam covering concepts A–H to check for mastery of the concepts before moving forward. A report similar to the following is immediately compiled, and provided to the teacher and the school administration.

If all the students have mastered the precursor concepts, the teacher can immediately move on to concept I.

The report identifies students who might need extra tutoring; in this case, Tom and Christina.

The report also identifies any concepts that need to be re-taught; in this case, concepts D and G.

TRIGGERING ALERTS

A licensee can activate triggering alerts to notify relevant administrators of when specific events take place, such as an unexpectedly low exam result.

Parent

Parents can monitor many aspects of their children’s scholastic activities and academic progress using the SABIS® WebSchool online portal. SABIS® WebSchool allows parents to:

Check their children’s scores, disciplinary records, and attendance records
Keep up to date with the latest school announcements and events
Consult the school calendar

Central Management

As a licensee, you can monitor scores in several schools, using a variety of tools such as the School Analysis System, Executive Reporting, and the Corporate Monitoring System.