When we assess the students, we do not do it because we want to test them to compare with others. To us, assessment is a collaborative process to enhance learning. We do not believe in standardized testing, and we do not want to make our students study just for the tests. We want our students to learn for life. The most important data for student assessment comes through continuous teacher observations and continuous formative assessment. In these processes, the teacher can collect information about student progress through versatile sources. Observing students’ daily work and using continuous formative assessment daily gives the teacher realistic and up-to-date information about students’ academic level, working skills, and behaviour.
Students are taught to use peer- and self-evaluation as a natural part of daily routines and group activities. The use of these methods will enhance the understanding between learning and assessment and promote the construction of a stronger and more realistic self-image.
For teachers, student assessment is also an instrument of self‐assessment and means of reflecting on their own work. Information obtained through assessment helps teachers to adapt their instruction to the students’ needs. It lays the foundation for the differentiation of instruction and helps to identify the students’ potential needs for support.
The school year in grades 0-9 is divided into three terms. At the end of each term, the students will receive an End of Term Report. The first 2 terms concentrate on the progress of that individual term, while the term 3 report card assesses the entire academic year.
In grades 10 – 12, the school year is divided into 5 periods. After each period, students will receive a report card which contains all the module grades the student has completed. At the end of grade 12, students will receive a transcript which contains averages, as well as the number of credits, of all the subjects the student has studied throughout the three years of high school.
Students take the only standardized exam at the end of high school (grade 12). The final exam for Qatar-Finland International High School students is an English language version of the digital Finnish International Final Exam (FIFE). It has been accredited by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar and is considered to be the equivalent of the Qatari final exam for high school students.