The main guidelines and requirements for assessment in Primary School, in particular the interrelationship between evaluation and learning and skills required, are based on the legal assessment document within the curricular reorganization Dispatch Rule No. 24-A / 2012.
Diagnostic evaluation occurs at the beginning of each school year and whenever you start a new teaching unit, to allow for any adjustment of the teaching-learning process.
Formative assessment (main method of assessment in Primary School), is continuous and systematic and aims to regulate teaching and learning, using a variety of information-gathering instruments in accordance with the nature of learning and contexts, as well as the specifics of each subject and subject area.
Summative assessment consists of forming a synthesis of the information gathered during the development of learning skills defined for each subject area, with particular attention to the competencies. Summative assessment takes place at the end of each period and each school year and is expressed in a qualitative way. The marks obtained at the end of each period will be the result of the analysis of three areas: learning, task execution and behaviour / attitude.
It should also be noted the importance of self-assessment of students in the 3rd and 4th grades, allowing their active participation in the learning process, as well as their perception of the respective difficulties and progress.
According to Decree-Law No. 139/2012, of 5 July, as amended by Decree-Law 91/2013, of July 10, the internal assessment process is completed with national exams, providing indicators of achievement of curricular goals and knowledge of the syllabus set for each course subject which has a final exam.
External summative assessment is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and Science designated for this purpose and includes final tests in the 4th grade, in the subjects of Portuguese and Mathematics. Students who do not have Portuguese as their mother tongue or have joined the Portuguese education system in the corresponding academic year, or students covered by Article 21 Decree-Law No. 3/2008 of 7 January are exempt from taking these exams
Final exams are intended to assess the degree of development of student learning through the use of evaluation criteria developed at national level and focus on the contents defined in the programs and meet the curricular goals set for Primary School.
Thus, throughout the school year, we ensure a careful and systematic preparation of our students, providing them with the essential tools both with regard to the specific content of each subject, as well as the specific criteria of the tests. In the period before the examinations, the school promotes specific work sessions, which routine the type tests, to promote student confidence, intrinsic motivation and responsibility.
Equivalence tests take place at this school level in grade 4, with the aim of certifying the completion of this teaching level for self-proposed students, focusing on the content of the programs and syllabus objective set for Primary School. An oral examination in the case of Portuguese and Portuguese as a Foreign Language (PLNM) and other foreign languages must also be taken.
Classification, transition and approval
Summative assessment results are decisive regarding the progression or retention of the student. The results expressed are “Transition” or “Non Transition” at the end of each school year, and “Pass” or “Fail” at the end of each cycle.
Based on Recommendation No. 2/2015 in that retention must be taken as a measure to be applied 'by way of exception ', it is determined that a student does not progress to the following school year, if a grade below 3 in Portuguese, Mathematics and another subject is achieved.
The subjects that are part of the school’s curricular provision are not considered for progression or completion of the school year or level.
Following the intensive English language program, in partnership with the British Council, students undertake annual exams, known as Young Learners Exams, administered by the teaching staff of the school.
Our aim is to certify the level of English of all our students, providing them with an important tool for their academic future and professional career.
The preparation for these tests is carried out in the classroom from grade 2 onwards, with textbooks adapted to the format and the methodology applied in these exams and language teaching method. In this way, our students naturally take the Young Learner Exams.
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