MYP Assessment

How students are assessed in the MYP:

  • Students are assessed according to pre-determined objectives related to assessment criteria in a given subject.
    • Students are given Subject Criteria.
    • Student work is marked according to the Criteria.
    • Students are assessed on their own level of achievement.
  • Students are assessed through a variety of tasks.
  • Students understand that assessment is criterion-based, transparent and accessible in terms of what is required.
  • Students are provided continuous feedback on their learning.

Criterion-related Assessment

The MYP assessment model is also described as criterion-related as it is based upon pre-determined criteria that all students should have access to. The MYP identifies a set of objectives for each subject group, which are directly related to the assessment criteria of that particular subject group. The level of student success in reaching the objectives of each subject group is measured in terms of levels of achievement described in each assessment criterion. (Page 40, From Principles to Practice, IBO, 2008).

The example below in Humanities shows how MYP assessment works:
Each Middle Years Subject has 4 objectives/criteria (A, B, C, and D).
For example, there are four Mathematics criteria that are used to assess student work and each has been assigned a quantitative value:


During reporting periods (end of Term 1 and 2), students will receive criterion-related grades on a scale of 1-7. General grade descriptors provide written descriptions of each of the grades from 1-7. For all subjects, grade boundaries are used to convert criterion level totals to MYP Grades. Here are the MYP grade boundaries and grade descriptors:


Additionally, because we are an OSSD school, we must convert the IB Level to a OSSD percentage. The following scale is used by the school for grades 9 − 12 to convert the IB Levels to OSSD percentages.  This scale was developed and approved by the IB Schools of Ontario (IBSO) network of which CDNIS is a member.