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The Cambridge International Continuum. Di Palmer Director Assessment Services Sherry Reach USA Regional Representative Hartford CT 16 March 2010. CIE is part of Cambridge Assessment. A department of the University of Cambridge,

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the cambridge international continuum

The Cambridge International Continuum

Di Palmer Director Assessment Services

Sherry Reach USA Regional Representative

Hartford CT 16 March 2010

cie is part of cambridge assessment
CIE is part of Cambridge Assessment
  • A department of the University of Cambridge,
  • We are Europe’s largest assessment agency and our tests are underpinned by our substantial research program.
  • We are at the heart of a global learning community including more than 6000 schools.
  • We work in partnership with educators worldwide, including 25 national governments.
today s presentation
Today’s presentation

CIE’s partnership approach to raising standards

  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Support and training for teachers
  • Examples from Cambridge IGCSE programs – for Grades 9 and 10
  • Same principles apply to
    • AICE program for Grades 11 and 12
    • Checkpoint program for Grades 6,7,8
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The learner is at the heart of what we do

Setting international standards in assessment

Assessment

Promoting good practice in teaching and learning

Offering choice within a flexible, relevant curriculum framework

Teaching

Curriculum

starting at the end learner outcomes
Starting at the end: Learner Outcomes
  • Confident learners
  • Inquiring learners
  • Engaged learners
  • Independent learners
the cambridge international curriculum
The Cambridge International Curriculum
  • Cambridge offers:
    • Flexible curriculum structure, validated by
    • Accessible assessment, underpinned by
    • Full support for teachers and learners
  • Enabling a personalized learning trajectory
  • One size doesn’t fit all
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Schools build a curriculumof core subjects - developing students’ knowledge and understanding AND independent enquiry and thinking skills

Building a curriculum

Science

English

Mathematics

Schools can extend the curriculumthanks to a huge range of subjects

Schools can take a cross-curricular approachusing new syllabuses like Global Perspectives, to develop key skills and encourage cross-curricular engagement

Global Perspectives

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THE CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL CURRICULUM

Age 18

Age 16

Age 14

Age 11

Age 5

Cambridge Advanced

40+ subjects

Cambridge Secondary 2

70+ subjects

Increasing breadth and choice

Cambridge Secondary 1

English/Mathematics/Science

Cambridge Primary

English/Mathematics/Science

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THE CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL CURRICULUM

Age 18

Age 16

Age 14

Age 11

Age 5

A Level Exams

Cambridge Advanced

40+ subjects

IGCSE Exams

Cambridge Secondary 2: IGCSE

70+ subjects

Increasing breadth and choice

Checkpoint assessment

Cambridge Secondary 1: Checkpoint

English/Mathematics/Science

Achievement Test

Progression Tests

Cambridge Primary

English/Mathematics/Science

international general certificate of secondary education igcse for grades 9 and 10
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) for Grades 9 and 10
  • Curriculum-based
  • Assessing knowledge, understanding, application and skills
  • Criterion-referenced grades
  • One year or two year study time
  • Mostly external assessment, with flexibility to build in practical assessments
  • Discriminates through 8 pass grades (A* - G)
designed for a wide range of abilities
Designed for a wide range of abilities

Core : for all students

Extended : for better prepared students and/or subsequent stage for less-prepared students

breadth of assessment
Breadth of assessment
  • Knowledge
  • Understanding
  • Application
  • Skills
  • Assessment Methodology:
      • Essays & Short Answers
      • Projects / Investigations
      • Lab Practicals / Orals
      • Multiple Choice
flexible assessment approach
Flexible assessment approach

Project work and Practical options cater for:

  • Local context e.g. in history, science, literature
  • Individual student’s learning style – assignment portfolio or external exam
  • Students’ (and teachers’) particular interests

Back

the subject syllabus is where it begins
The subject syllabus is where it begins
  • instructional systems – are at the heart
the subject syllabus
The subject syllabus
  • Aims
  • Assessment Objectives AOs
  • Curriculum content
    • Including detailed summary of what candidates should know, understand and be able to do
  • Resource list including texts and much more
  • Grade descriptions Grade A
igcse literature english assessment objectives
IGCSE Literature (English): Assessment Objectives
  • Show detailed knowledge of the content of literary texts in the three main forms (Drama, Poetry, Prose) 25%
  • Understand the meanings of literary texts and their contexts, and explore texts beyond surface meanings to show deeper awareness of ideas and attitudes 25%
  • Recognize and appreciate ways in which writers use language, structure and form to create and shape meanings and effects (= application) 25%
  • Communicate a sensitive and informed personal response to literary texts 25% back
grade description literature in english
Grade description (Literature in English)

a Grade A candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • sustain a perceptive and convincing response with well-chosen detail of narrative and situation
  • demonstrate clear critical/analytical understanding of the author’s intentions and the text’s deeper implications and the attitudes it displays
  • make much well-selected reference to the text
  • respond sensitively and in detail to the way language works in the text
  • communicate a considered and reflective personal response to the text
example literature question
Example Literature Question

In this story, Conrad has left his car near the ‘red zone’ – a no-parking area of the city in which he works. He comes back to find that some people are enjoying watching it being towed away.

Read the passage below carefully and then explore how the writing makes you feel sympathy for Conrad and how it is amusing at the same time.

You should include in your answer a response to:

• Conrad’s situation

• the characters and the words they use

• the way the incident is narrated.

a student
A* student

Conrad’s situation is not a strange one; it is one most readers may not have experienced but would be familiar with. Wolfe’s narration enables us to feel sympathy for many reasons. The first, and simplest, is that he appears to have been wronged: he remembered parking his car outside the red zone. In addition to this, the “giant” tow truck operator and the meter maid do not listen to what he says and virtually ignore him. In the end Conrad loses, only to be mocked by a crowd of bystanders. “Woooo-eeeee” (Paragraph 23) they call at him, when the meter maid rebuffs his appeals. Conrad is not merely helpless; he is turned into a public and humiliating joke. It is impossible not to feel sympathy for him in this situation.

c student
C student

Although this story makes you feel sympathy for Conrad, it is at the same time amusing due to the fact that the lady and the giant man paid less attention to him and this made him look somehow stupid as it was like he was talking himself.

Another amusing thing about this story is the way Conrad negotiates for his car. He speaks on top of his voice and this makes passers-by think there is a fight which is about to erupt.

assessment objectives for biology
Assessment Objectives for Biology
  • Knowledge with understanding (50% - not more than 25% recall)
  • Handling information and problem solving (30%)
  • Experimental skills and investigation (20%)
question papers include
Question papers include
  • Questions that
    • Require knowledge
    • Gradually remove scaffolding
    • Require the application of knowledge in unfamiliar contexts
    • Encourage connections to be made between topic areas or concepts
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Recalling knowledge

Applying knowledge in a novel context

Abstracting appropriate knowledge

examination certificate
Examination  Certificate
  • Each subject is individually graded
  • Pass grades range from A* to G
  • IGCSE is internationally recognized
  • Each student receives a certificate showing a grade for each subject passed
results are useful for teachers too
Results are useful for teachers too
  • What were the students’ strengths and weaknesses?
  • Is it apparent that some content and/or skills are being taught more effectively than others?
  • How did they compare to students elsewhere taking the same examinations?
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Analysis of Candidate Results by GradeCumulative results and a comparison of your school’s performance with your region and the world
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Component analysisOverall Component details for your school and a comparison with your region and the world
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Results by Candidate

Overall grade awarded and breakdown by component

question level analysis a comparison of your school s performance with your region and the world
Question level analysisA comparison of your school’s performance with your region and the world
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THE CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL CURRICULUM

Age 18

Age 16

Age 14

Age 11

Age 5

Cambridge Advanced

40+ subjects

Cambridge Secondary 2

70+ subjects

Increasing breadth and choice

Cambridge Secondary 1

English/Mathematics/Science

Cambridge Primary

English/Mathematics/Science

cambridge aice
Cambridge AICE
  • an advanced academic pre-university qualification for students who are studying Cambridge International A and AS Levels
  • offers students the opportunity to tailor their studies to individual interests, abilities and future plans
  • Combines breadth of study with choice and flexibility
  • involves the selection of subjects from three curriculum areas:
    • Mathematics and Science
    • Languages
    • Arts and Humanities
support for teachers and students
Support for teachers and students
  • Results and analysis
  • Syllabuses
  • Past exam papers, rubrics
  • Examiners’ reports
  • Schemes of work
  • Examples of performance at different grades
  • Textbooks, workbooks
  • Training and professional development

Available online

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Teacher training:

workshops & online courses

  • Stage 1 for teachers new to CIE syllabuses
    • Focus on the syllabus
    • Examples of standards
    • Advice on resources
  • Stage 2
    • Assumes experience of CIE syllabuses
    • Focus on teaching and learning
    • Discussion of classroom strategies
  • Stage 3
    • Research/review of own practice
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Cambridge IGCSE, AICEBenchmarked for international comparabilityCustomized for local/state relevance