International School of Monza's International Schools’ Assessments (ISA) results, February 2022 session
As part of our continued commitment to reflecting upon and reviewing our curriculum using independent benchmarking tools, in February 2022, all students from the penultimate years of our elementary school, middle school and MYP (Grades 5, 8 and 10) were once again invited to take the International Schools’ Assessments (ISA).
The ISA is an assessment designed by The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and seeks to measure students’ levels of proficiency in reading, writing and mathematical literacy in relation to students from other international schools and schools with an international focus. The tests are not specific to a single curriculum and participating schools follow a diverse range of curricula including International Baccalaureate (IB), British National, USA and more and are based on the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) frameworks, in consultation with international schools and drawing upon ACER’s extensive assessment development experience.
As a school community – and for the third year running – we have every reason to be delighted with the results from the assessments sat in mathematical literacy, reading and writing. These are a cause for celebration, not least when one considers all of the disruption that we faced during the two-year period prior to the testing session and the fact that we do not approach them by “teaching to the test”! From an initial analysis, these are the school’s best ISA results ever and, in particular:
- the average scores attained by students of the International School of Monza outperformed benchmarks for all international schools both in Europe and worldwide in all categories (mathematical literacy, reading and writing) and in all Grades (Grades 5, 8 and 10), even those with significantly higher percentages of English mother-tongue students;
- some of our readers and writers amongst strongest in the world