For the next several weeks, we’ll look at report cards from around the world.
~ 7th Stop ~ Mexico ~
Mexico, with 111 million people, is the 11th most populous country. While Mexico can be seen as a powerful country, with the largest GDP per capita in Latin America, issues with income disparity and drug violence continue to plague the country. With a rich and ancient history, Mexico remains a popular tourist destination (for more than the sun and lovely beaches!).
Note ~ This is an international and NOT a local school as some other countries.
Report Card Basics
- Type of School: British International School
- Curriculum: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP)
- Academic Year: 2008-2009
- Year: 3
Here’s the report card! The blue numbers highlight a few interesting aspects of the report and the numbers correspond to notes below the image.
1. The Five Parts of English
A large portion of the report card is dedicated to assessing English, illustrating the importance of the language at this school (English, rather than Spanish), as well as language acquisition. The assessment has been broken down into five core parts: speaking, listening, reading, writing and handwriting.
2. Look, Hear! ~ Units of Inquiry
Rather than set subjects or courses, this curriculum includes Units of Inquiry, which allow flexibility in teaching and learning. This differs greatly from educational systems that have concrete course expectations and teach to a national, standardized test. The Units of Inquiry this semester are “Look, Hear!” and “Exploration and Encounter.” Sounds fun to me!
3. A Big Old for Effort!
How age appropriate! Rather than assign a number or letter assessment of effort, this report card uses smiley faces, which can be understood regardless of age or culture. Colon, Capital D for a great practice!
4. A Descriptive Grading Scale
This report card has a slightly different grading scale than other assessments we’ve seen: good, very good and excellent, as well as reaching expectations. Reaching expectations seems to be given when a mark of “good” might be subjective, for instance, what is “good” use of information technology or “excellent” in music at 9 years old?
5. Spanish and Social Studies… Get Numbers Grades
Though I’m not sure why (and I’ve scoured the internet!) Spanish and Social Studies get numbers instead of “descriptive” grades. Hm… I’m stumped. Any suggestions?
Report card analysis to look forward to: Palestine, Canada and more!