At UNIS Hanoi we use two types of standardised testing:
- International Schools Assessment (ISA)
- Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
International Schools Assessment (ISA)
UNIS Hanoi has been using the ISA programme for seven years as one way to measure student learning through standardised testing.
The ISA programme is designed especially for students in international schools in Grades 3 to 10. It is based on the internationally endorsed reading and mathematical literacy frameworks of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). It is used by schools with an international focus whose language of instruction is English.
Over 58,000 students from 298 schools in nearly 80 countries participated in ISA 11-12. Approximately 60% of those participating in 11-12 were non-native English speakers.
Because the ISA is designed for students experiencing many different curricula, the assessment is geared to the skills and understandings that research suggests underpin major curricula throughout the world. The frameworks for reading and mathematical literacy are based on those used for the
OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) which has been developed and endorsed by all OECD countries and is currently used by 65 countries to measure and compare student performance across countries.
- Assessments for ISA can be made in October or February
- Every student in Grades 3-9 completes four assessments
- Math tests assess:
- Quantity (number and measurements)
- Shape and space (geometry)
- Uncertainty (estimation and data probability)
- Change and relationship (algebra)
- Reading tests assess retrieval of information, interpretation, reflection and evaluation
- Two writing genres are assessed: Narrative (A) and Expository/Argument (B)
- Both writing tests assess content, spelling and vocabulary competencies
- PISA data is collected on a three year cycle. 2009 is the latest data and compares scores only for 15-year-olds
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
At UNIS Hanoi this year, students from Grade 3 to Grade 8 will participate in the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests. This test is provided by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and used by a variety of international schools. UNIS Hanoi holds the MAP test in the first and third quarters of each academic year. The test provides additional data on student achievement in order to support our understanding of individual student learning and the quality of our educational programme. UNIS Hanoi first began piloting the MAP test in 2008. Since 2011-12 UNIS Hanoi exited the pilot phase and began analyzing and utilizing test scores. UNIS Hanoi students do the Mathematics, Reading and Language Usage portion of the MAP test.
The MAP test is a normed test - Norms represent average or typical performance and the statistics supply a frame of reference for test scores. The norms for MAP tests are based upon the actual performance of pupils of a specified grade level who have previously taken the test.
The MAP test uses an RIT Scale to look at student achievement. The RIT Scale is based on a Rasch Unit, honoring George Rasch, the Danish mathematician who developed the underlying theory for this type of measurement. The RIT Scale is a curriculum scale that places individual difficulty values on questions that students answer and uses those values to estimate student achievement. The RIT Scale has the same meaning regardless of grade level and by using the RIT scale, we can look at student growth and where the projected growth is for each individual student.