Academic Assessment: English Academic Skills Program

Diagnostic Test: Students will take the i-TEP test throughout the program that will allow for a thorough diagnostic of the level of students. This will be used to guide language specific lesson plans throughout the year.

Grade Sheets and Transcripts: There are three sections to the Block Schedule assessment system: Course Grades, Class Competencies, and Evaluation of CEFR Language Skills.

The skills are adapted from Common European Framework of References for Languages with the exception of "Planning, Revising, Using/Giving Feedback" and "Academic Integrity" which represent students' academic development. They are measured on an A1-C2 scale. Each of the student's teachers provides an evaluation, and the scores that appear on the transcript represent an average of all the teachers' evaluations for that student. Students who are struggling with specific skills are referred to Academic Support tutors for one-on-one study sessions.

  1. Course Grades
    Grades for each course (including the portfolio session) are determined by content mastery which are listed on each individual course grade page. Content mastery demonstrates a student's ability to understand material being taught in each class and provides insight into a student's ability to handle college-level work.
  2. Class Competencies
    Classroom citizenship gives an indication of how well a student can perform in an American classroom. Specifically, it measures a student’s attendance and their ability to self-check for errors before handing in work, listen attentively, interact respectfully, ask for help when appropriate, use English consistently in the classroom (speaking, writing, internet searches) and actively participate in class (answer questions, ask questions, etc.).
  3. CEFR Language Skills Evaluation
    Beyond the course grades, an evaluation of specific English language academic skills is done across the main areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and academic integrity to provide all audiences—the students, their teachers, and the universities to which students apply—a comprehensive understanding of the student’s linguistic development.

    The skills are adapted from Common European Framework of References for Languages with the exception of "Planning, Revising, Using/Giving Feedback" and "Academic Integrity" which represent students' academic development. They are measured on an A1-C2 scale. Each of the student's teachers provides an evaluation, and the scores that appear on the transcript represent an average of all the teachers' evaluations for that student. Students who are struggling with specific skills are referred to Academic Support tutors for one-on-one study sessions.