Assessment of Learning in NAIS

2018-11-16
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Evaluation plays a significant role in the learning process. The purpose of evaluation is to measure each  student's effort and achievement in mastering the concepts, skills, and attitudes as outlined in the objectives for each course. Evaluation also provides a means of providing feedback for personal improvement, growth and motivation. Students have the right to know how marks are determined in each subject. This article gives a detailed introduction to the grade evaluation in NAIS. Students can use this as a reference to improve their performance and contribute to the improvement of their achievements.



Assessment Content


Evaluation will include a variety of assessment techniques such as projects, independent study, co-operative group work, demonstrations, peer and self-evaluation, class participation, unit testing, and formally scheduled examinations. Elective courses may not have formal examinations but will be evaluated using the other techniques listed above. All core subjects will have formal examinations at the end at each unit, a midterm, and a final exam at the end of the year.


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Students at NAIS will be assessed based on five criteria listed below. Any scores come out of these five criteria shall be put in Web TESS where parents and the Academic Affairs Department can check students’ performance. Copies of transcripts will be issued to students from North America International School. Final Transcripts will be sent directly to the post secondary institutions that each student requires.


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GPA Conversion


The full name of the GPA is Grade Point Average, which means the average score point. The highest GPA of the US general course is 4 points, and A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1. The accuracy of GPA often reaches 1 to 2 decimal places, such as: 3.0, 3.45.


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The calculation of GPA is generally to multiply the grade point of each course by the credits. After adding up, divide by the total credits to get the average score. The specific conversion method varies depending on the weights give to each course. For the four-point system, 90 points and above in the percentage system can be regarded as 4 points in the GPA, 80 points or more equals 3 points, 70 points or more equals 2 points, and 60 points or more equals 1 points. Most universities in the United States have minimum requirements for applicants' GPA, and those that do not meet the minimum requirements are not considered. Generally, American universities have a GPA requirement of 3.0 or more for scholarship applicants.


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In specific applications, US universities often use the overall grade point average (Overall GPA) and the GPA of the last two years. The Overall GPA is the number of points calculated for all subjects as described above. Correspondingly, the GPA for the last two years is based on the subjects of the last two years.


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In the United States, 90% of schools calculate GPA by adopting a four-point system. Only 10% of schools will adopt a five-point system, that is, A is 5, B is 4, C is 3, D is 2, and E is 1, then the minimumentry criteria for these schools will increase accordingly. Chinese students should provide their grades according to the GPA system used in their original school, and indicate which GPA system (GPA:___out of___) is used.


How to improve GPA?


More attendance and participation


At NAIS we see it as the responsibility of each parent, teacher, administrator, and staff member to promote and stress the value of good attendance. It is also the responsibility of the staff to carry out all attendance policies in a fair, firm, consistent, and timely manner.


Tardiness:A student who is not seated in the classroom and prepared to begin working at the official start time of the period is considered a tardy.  


Absences:Any student tardy in excess of 30 minutes will be considered absent. Students who have excessive absences jeopardize their academic success and progress towards graduation. In order to help students develop good attendance habits, the North America International School limits students to 15 absences asemester. The total absences will be comprised of unexcused absences plus excused absences at the discretion of the principal.


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Responsibility of Parent and Student:A student’s absence is unexcused whenever the absence has been verified as having been avoidable (i.e, oversleeping, missed bus, delayed cab, habitual traffic jams, headache, lying down in the nurse’s office, etc.)


In addition, classroom behavior will be included as part of the class participation. In NAIS, students shall meet the classroom guidelines and expectations of each individual teacher.


Doing well in homework, quizzes and project


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The amount of time necessary to complete expected homework will increase as the student moves from Grade 10 to 12. Within a given year, it may vary depending on short-term and long-term assignments. In the absence of assigned homework, students are expected to review course materials daily in order to gain a strong foundation for preparation for examinations. The homework activities will vary from subject to subject, but may include the following: homework questions, lab reports, writing assignments, projects, preparation fortests, daily review, reading, etc. It is important for students to give daily attention to school work to ensure success.  


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It is there sponsibility of the students to make sure that the homework is delivered on time. Late homework may result in lower academic performance. If homework is not submitted on time, the student must tell the teacher directly. If the student cannot give the teacher a reasonable explanation, the teacher may refuse to accept it or give a reduced grade according to the teacher’s classroom policy.


Taking serious ofexams


There are mid-term exams and final exams each semester. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are present for every exam. If this is not possible for any reason, students must speak to their teacher directly. To ensure that students do not lose substantial points, they must inform their teacher and submit any required documentation regarding being absent to the teacher before the exam. Students who miss exam with an excused absence and have notified the teacher at least one day before the exam date, can take the exam at a time set by the teacher. They will be eligible to receive 100% of their earned score. Additionally, students must follow the teacher’s individual class procedures regarding missed exams.


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The process of learning involves sweat, tears and sometimes frustration, but academic progress is pure and fulfilling. When you get the offer of your dreams in the future, you will rejoice in your efforts and persistence. In NAIS, we grow and pursue dreams with you!




Your bright future starts here!

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