Evaluation

Assessment

Assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning process. Assessment is conducted within each subject by the subject teacher. Methods of assessment in Transition Year is varied. Individual subject and module teachers plan their assessment methods annually to best complement the learning experience encountered by students in respective subject areas.

Students are assessed on all aspects of the programme using a variety of assessment techniques such as:

  • Written assessment
  • Practical assessment
  • Oral assessment
  • Aural assessment
  • Skills development analysis
  • Use of portfolios/folders
  • Student logs/workbook
  • Homework assessed regularly by subject and module teachers
  • Paired and group work

Students are informed by teachers of the different assessments that will form part of their overall end of year performance rating and resulting in certification. Students are assessed by their teachers at the end of each of three TY terms, in November, February and May, using the credits system.

 

Portfolio

As part of Transition Year students are asked to keep a portfolio of their work. The work in the portfolio should represent all subjects students have studied and the activities they have engaged in during the year. The portfolio should be compiled throughout the year on a regular basis. Reflective evaluation templates are included in the Transition Year journal to help students evaluate the following:

  • Activities and projects
  • Trips and excursions
  • Work experience
  • Community work
  • Guest speakers
  • End of year review
  • Photo Record

The Transition Year Portfolio is an important document because sometimes it is only when you have all the various pieces or parts of your work throughout the year compiled in oneplace  can you truly appreciate exactly what it is you have achieved and learned throughout the year. Your Transition Year Portfolio shows others not only what you have achieved but also what you are capable of achieving in the future.