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Assessment and Learning Policy

Supporting Students to Challenge Themselves and Succeed

Assessment Philosophy

Baltimore City College is an International Baccalaureate World School that is committed to the philosophy and standards of IB curriculum, teaching, and assessment practices. We teach the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in grades 9 and 10 and the Diploma Programme (DP) in grades 11 and 12. Our vision, “Supporting Students to Challenge Themselves and Succeed,” sets high expectations for students and establishes goals for teachers, counselors, and administrators to guide students to develop academic and affective skills.

We believe that:
  1. All students can learn and develop their academic skills.

  2. Students should know their achievement levels and areas for improvement.

  3. Students should desire growth and be intrinsically motivated

  4. “Learning” may be academic, personal, cultural, or social; but, it should be joyful and full of inquiry.

  5. Teachers inspire growth and excitement and model lifelong learning.

  6. Effort is more important than ability in defining what “success” is.

  7. Consistent work and completion of formative tasks increase summative achievement.

  8. Summative assessments should be authentic and meaningful; all formative tasks should promote skill development.

  9. Self-reflection is important in developing understanding and personal growth.

  10. Experience self, peer, and teacher assessment as part of learning.

  11. Approaches to Learning are essential skills in becoming a capable and self-aware person.

  12. Students should be engaged in learning but they must also have a healthy life outside of school.

Our Beliefs about Assessment and Learning

BCC’s grading philosophy is not a traditional grading system and is different from other Baltimore City systems in several ways...

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