One of the most important questions for parents is always, “How is my child doing?” A related question is “Compared to what?” This is a particularly critical question for families away from home, where it is hard to know how systems, and standards, compare. Until recently it has been difficult for any international school to answer these questions in a really substantial way, because the international school network has not had access to a form of external assessment normed on international standards. This has now changed, with the develop of The International Schools’ Assessment (ISA).
Mathematics in Year 6
Reading in Year 6
Writing in Year 6
What do they show?
In all three core subjects, St. Michael’s International School has consistently exceeded the average achievement globally, both within state systems and similar international schools.
What is ISA?
International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) is an annual assessment programme that has been specially developed to measure skills in mathematical literacy, reading and writing of students in international schools. ISA is based on the internationally endorsed reading and mathematical frameworks of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) developed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Who uses ISA?
A growing number of international schools now use ISA, including many of the acknowledged world leaders in international education. 17 International schools in Japan utilize it.
How do the assessments work?
Students complete a reading literacy test, a mathematical literacy test and two writing tests, each of which stakes between 45 minutes and one hour to administer. The tests include both multiple-choice and open-ended tasks.