IB Assessments at Washington-Lee

Assessment is an important part of the instructional cycle.  It provides information about student learning and development, as well as a framework for planning, collaboration, and self-reflection.  WLHS believes that learning can be measured through a variety of assessments.  Measurement of student achievement is based on the belief that assessment of students serves four basic functions: formative assessment, summative assessment, diagnostic assessment, and assessment for program placement.

IB Assessments

IB assessments are broken into two categories:  internal assessments (IA) and external assessments (EA).  Both the IA’s and the EA’s are assessments which have been designed by IB.

  • Internal assessments:
    • Administered at some point during the timeframe of the course
    • Assessed internally by WLHS teacher based on IB criterion
    • A portion of the work is moderated by IB examiners to ensure adherence to established criterion
    • Can count 20-40% of the final IB mark
  • External assessments:
    • Most administered in May.  Some exceptions include written assignments for Language Acquisition (Group 2) courses and exhibitions and portfolios for The Arts (Group 6).
    • Link to May exam information
    • Assessed externally by IB examiners based on IB criterion
    • Can count for 60-80% of the final IB mark

IB Assessment calendar

The Washington-Lee IB faculty has collaborated to create a calendar of IB assessments by course.  While this calendar might change slightly during the year, it is a very good guide.  It is a great tool for students to use in planning ahead to manage their time.