The International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) program is designed specifically for students in international schools in Grades 3–10. It is based on the internationally endorsed reading, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy frameworks of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). It is an English only test. Around 90,000 students from 400 schools worldwide participate in the ISA each year.
Our Grade 4 and Grade 5 students took their ISA test in September 2018, and last week we received our results from the Australian test centre. We were delighted with our results as a school and that we can compare our results directly with native English speakers to see where we stand.
The average level of our students is higher than 80% students of other international schools in mathematical literacy.
Our top students’ scores in Grade 5 are about 20% higher than other schools.
The results clearly show that our students are able to display a very high level of employing and interpreting mathematical problems.
Our students achieved particularly good results in their exposition and argument writing attaining mean scores that were in line with native English speakers globally and out-performed similar international schools in the Asia-Pacific region.
Fiona (5B) managed to record scores that were higher than 90% of children her same age and amazingly, Katie (5B) achieved perfect score; a rare and distinct accomplishment.
A special mention for the students that outperformed their grade level considerably (by up to four grades!). Well done to Camuls (4A), Gean (4C), Jenny (4C), Jerry (5A), Elsa (5B) .
It has been very rewarding to be able to relate our performance to international benchmarks and has allowed us to evaluate the reliability of our internal assessments and confirm that they are aligned with international expectations of performance.
A huge well done to all of our students for their accomplishments and a big thank you to our ISA maths and English teachers for their continued support and endeavours.