Academic Assessment Policy

The Newman School’s IB Assessment Policy

Assessment Philosophy

Our mission statement asserts that students are best able to achieve their potential “in an environment of mutual respect, integrity, seriousness of purpose, and civic responsibility.” The IB Assessment Philosophy at the Newman School aims to have instructors actively model these qualities throughout their assessment work with students in an atmosphere imbued by the spirit of cor ad cor loquitur:

Mutual respect is conveyed through careful planning by instructors that gives students ample opportunity to strategize and organize for scheduled assessments. Students are also invited to seek extra help, as teachers are available before and after school for additional review.

Integrity requires instructors fairly assessing material presented in class to give students ample opportunity to demonstrate conceptual understanding and critical thinking. 

Demonstrating seriousness of purpose, instructors model IB rubrics in their courses, assessing levels of students' work with specific criteria relating to subject assessments, then judiciously translating those scores into a Newman grade. Students also analyze their own learning, reflecting on progress and setting goals for improvements.

Civic (school) responsibility requires instructors to grade in a fair and equitable manner, explain assessment criteria in advance, maintain consistency and transparency regarding the percentages of grading categories, give students a variety of assessment opportunities and return graded work in a timely manner. 

Grade Reporting

Grades are calculated by semester. The grade at the conclusion of each semester is the average of all the work completed over the semester. In year long courses, grades are calculated by combining the averages of both semesters. Instructors clarify the breakdown of their grading systems and the value of assessment categories at the onset of the course and course syllabi. 

Letter Grade

Grade Point Value

Numerical Equivalent

A

4.0

95-100

A-

3.7

90-94

B+

3.5

87-89

B

3.0

83-86

B-

2.7

80-82

C+

2.5

77-79

C

2.0

73-76

C-

1.7

70-72

D+

1.5

67-69

D

1.0

63-66

D-

.7

60-62

F

0

below 60

 

 Inclusion/Special Needs Considerations in the Assessment Process

Students with diagnosed learning disabilities or other medically confirmed conditions impacting their ability to complete assessments under the time and/or space constraints for a given assessment may request modification of the assessment’s administrative conditions. In the case of assessments that are only evaluated internally by Newman faculty, the involved teacher may decide upon modifications suitable to the specific circumstances and diagnosed needs of the student, with the assistance of the School Counselor. In the case of externally moderated assessments, such as recorded oral presentations and timed exams, teachers and students must follow specific recommendations outlined by the IBO regarding modification of assessment conditions. For more information, please see our Inclusion/Special Needs Policy (hyperlink).