Chapter 1 Examination system in JARIS
The issue of standardizing examination is a chronic one and was being always discussed at different forums but the educationists always had different perceptions and paradigms to assess the students. At the present time, summative type of examination is mostly in practice and international boards mainly depend on the results derived from summative examination. Jawahir Al-Riyadh International Schools (JARISs) have been engaged in preparing a feasibility study for the last several years in order to develop an absolute examination policy suiting to different levels and addressing all the issues which make the examination difficult, unexciting, fatiguing and horrible. Our professionals conducted several surveys, interviews, and analyses prior to composing an applicable examination policy.
The main features of the current examination policy are as under:
- Help evaluating children thoroughly on all course material taught during the academic year.
- Make examinations less hectic and help students to perform well by dividing the course material in smaller portions yet ensuring that they are prepared to face advanced levels of the course in higher grades.
- Uniform division of course material over equal periods of time followed by well-timed monthly/mid-final terms examinations that ensures uniform distribution of marks across the course material.
- Having a unified and well planned examination policy across various sections of the school that helps in laying out standard rules for handling issues like new admissions, absentees, re-exams etc.
- Ensuring that the students take their homework/assignments seriously and also sharing the responsibility of HW surveillance between both home and school.
- A well-planned examination system supported by a well-planned back office system to ensure timely preparation of exam material, prompt checking/re-checking of papers and confusion to support fault free result preparation at all levels in all sections of the school.
The entire yearly curriculum has been divided into two equal portions, and each portion is sub- divided into three segments. The two segments related to monthly examination represent 20% of the total syllabus (supplements assignment, class performance, homework presentation, formative assessments, whereas the third 30% segment includes terminal examination mostly summative assessment.
Distribution of Curriculum:
|Terminal/ Monthly Examination||Portion Percentage||Completion at the end of term|
|1st Monthly Examination||10 %||10 %|
|2nd Monthly Examination||10 %||11 - 20 %|
|Mid –Term Examination||30 %||21 – 50 %|
|3rd Monthly Examination||10 %||51 - 60 %|
|4th Monthly Examination||10 %||61- 70 %|
|Final Term Examination||30 %||71 – 100 %|
Monthly Examination:Four monthly formative examinations are conducted during the academic year. The results are part of the evaluation at the time of final result preparation. The students missing 1st or 2nd monthly examination or part of it would only be examined after midterm if they do not obtain 30 % marks in the midterm and for 3rd and 4th monthly examination if they do not obtain 50% aggregate marks during both terms. There is no re-examination for the monthly exams under any circumstances.
NOTE: In order to maintain healthy competition among the students missing any monthly examination (for any reason) the student will automatically be out of competition and will not be ranked at the end of the year.
Mid Term Examination:The students securing less than 50% marks (including 1st and 2nd monthly examinations) in the compulsory subjects Mathematics Science English and Arabic / Urdu) will be kept in abeyance in order for them to get aggregate 50%marks Mid + Final Terms) until final examination. No repetition is allowed under any circumstance.
The student missing complete First Term examination either due to joining late or any other reason (sick leave absent) will be examined for the First Term (compulsory subjects) within two weeks at the beginning of the second term.
Final Term Examination:The students securing less than 50% marks in the compulsory subjects in the Final Term (including 3rd and 4th monthly examinations will have one chance to re-sit either for Mid or Final Term Re-examination within two weeks’ time from the date final results are announced.
Supplementary ExaminationThere is only one opportunity for the supplementary examination and any student getting less than 50% marks will repeat again REPEAT the grade.
Examination for students transferring from the school:The students who are moving from the school (during First Term) after two Monthly examinations (1st and 2nd ) and prior to the Mid-Term Examination to other city or country due to force majeure will be assessed for the portion taught during their presence in the class along with the two monthly results and an examination result card will be issued. The Department of Education does not authenticate such result cards.
Note: The student moving after first monthly examination will not be given any assessment but such students should give one month advance notice for school leaving certificates prior to leaving the school.
The students who are moving from the school (during second Term) after completing two monthly examinations (3rd and 4th) and prior to the Final Term Examination to other city or country will be assessed for the portion taught during their presence in the class along with the two monthly examination results and final results card will be issued but no authentication is guaranteed.
Note: The student moving after 3rd monthly examination will only be given mid-term assessment card along with 3rd monthly examination result.
Absentees:Student absent during terminal examinations for any reason (sick or otherwise) and missing any main subject examination will be examined for the missing subjects after one week from the final results. The students missing whole term (Mid or Final) for any reason (sick or otherwise) will be examined within two weeks after the final examination. A separate date sheet indicating dates and days will be issued immediately after the final examination.
Warning: Many parents plan for vacation and reserve seats prior to announcing the results and it becomes very difficult to inform them about the supplementary examination. The students showing poor results during the terminal examination should not leave the country until they get confirmation from the school.