Director’s message 08

ISO Physical Re-Launch Preparations Complete

  • RE: ISO Physical Re-Launch Preparations Complete:

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A Additional Safety and Hygiene Check!
B ISO Reopening Plan in English and French Check!
C New Arrival Protocol Check!
D New Dismissal Protocol Check!
E New Lunch Procedures to ensure student safety Check!
F Pre Kinder 3-year old program launched Check!
G Pre Kinder 3 and 4 year old “extended day” Check!
H MAP Testing to measure “where our students are” Check!

MAP Testing

“The purpose of quality student assessment is to help students learn! And teachers teach!”

I love this quote that can be found on the website of our assessment partner, the Northwest Evaluation Association. It truly demonstrates how quality evaluation can enhance a student’s overall educational experience, while providing teachers with the information they need to best assist our students’ education.

This year, our fifth in partnering with NWEA, The International School of Ouagadougou continues to use the Measures of Academic Progress assessment to ensure that your students are making measurable growth.

This morning, students in Kinder – Grade 9 began to take the NWEA Growth Assessment, to help us reach our students where “they are at.” When it comes to the NWEA MAP Assessment please note.

  • MAP tests are individualized measures of performance in Reading and Math. Tests are taken on the computer, and the results help teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students. The results help us work together to make informed decisions that promote your students’ academic growth.
  • MAP tests are adaptive, which means that the test is designed to target each student’s academic performance, and is tailored to each student’s current achievement level. The program adjusts the difficulty level of the questions as the test progresses, enabling every student to take a unique test, which also has a standard deviation variable to let us know if the student is “disengaged”, and if the test results are valid.
  • As per the chart below, the goal of the Measure of Academic Progress assessment is to measure “growth over time”, and also to ensure “quality control” as we can compare our academic program to not just U.S.-based schools, but also to other international schools in our region, and worldwide, at the end of each school year.

As parents, and as teachers, our primary focus is on the “blue” line on the Student Progress Report (sample below), which shows individual growth, over time.

In the coming weeks, after our Parent Open House on September 1st, Parents who wish to discuss MAP results with the teachers are encouraged to contact the teacher directly to schedule an appointment. This way, we will all be working together for our students’ academic growth and success.

With our MAP test underway, and our new health and safety protocols firmly in place, we would like to do a quick “check-in” with our ISO community. Both Upper School students and parents are welcome to give us feedback on the new procedures and initiatives that we have put in place. This will help us ensure that we are offering the most appropriate environment possible to support our students’ learning.

Please fill out the quick survey here.

Please also note that our First Coffee With The Director scheduled for tomorrow 8 am is postponed to a later date.

Greetings from the Campus, and we look forward to seeing all of our parents, next Tuesday, at 18:30 for our annual Open House.


Pre Kinder 3 and Pre Kinder 4 Extended Day Program