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) 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.

In order to determine term and final grades for the MYP, each subject teacher will apply the final criterion levels against IB MYP grade boundaries. Please click below to see the subject-specific criteria and grade boundaries.

Language A Language B Humanities Mathematics
Science Arts Physical Education Design Technology


The example below in Humanities shows how MYP assessment works:
History is part of the Humanities discipline in the MYP. There are four Humanities criteria that are used to assess student work and each has been assigned a quantitative value:

The highest possible score for a student in Humanities is 38 points. If a student were to score 5, 5, 5, and 4 respectively on each of the above criteria, this would add up to a total score of 19 points. One might think that this is equivalent to 50% (19/38 = 50%). This is not the case.

The next step is to use the MYP Grade Boundaries for Humanities to convert this mark to an IB 1 to 7 − the scale used by the IB MYP and Diploma Programmes. Each MYP subject has its unique grade boundaries.

Here are the MYP Humanities grade boundaries:

You can see from these Grade Boundaries that 19/38 is equivalent to a Level 4 on the IB Scale which is a satisfactory score.

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.