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STEM and Soft Skills Assessment in AIS
A solid foundation in STEM disciplines is crucial for the lifelong success of our students.  The assessment is one of the ways we use to measure student’s STEM competence and reveal the skills gap. Benchmark tests in STEM subjects that AIS students passed in October, November and December of 2018 were complemented by evaluation of nonacademic skills of our students, as we place the highest value on soft skills such as design and critical thinking, emotional intelligence and the ability to apply knowledge in real-world settings. Tests were prepared by our STEM and soft skills development coordinators based on international standards in education. Assessment results enabled us to get a clear picture of students’ academic progress and personal growth as well as to measure the effectiveness of teaching in AIS.
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IB Student Conferences: Opportunities for Empowerment

Student conferences within IB PYP programme were held at AIS to reflect the students’ progress in academic disciplines and core competencies under the new school strategy on April 10-11.

Students of KG1 - Grade 2 and their parents participated in the Three-Way Conferences that involved three parties: students, parents and teachers. The conference participants discussed students’ progress and achievements emphasizing on the strengths and areas for improvement as well as setting future goals for the next academic year and the ways to assist in their attainment. AIS students shared their thoughts and ideas on inquiries conducted, assessed their role in inquiry activities, demonstrated the works, selected by them well in advance with the teacher’s support, and their portfolios.

The format of Student Led Conferences for Grade 3 - Grade 6 allowed the students to arrange and run conferences on their own. The student portfolio was the main focus of the conferences as it compiles many great examples from different units of inquiry. It gives the students the chance to take full ownership of their work while making their parents proud of all that they have done throughout the year.

The days of student conferences turned to be special for the entire school community and gave our students the unique opportunities for empowerment and engagement. We would like to express gratitude to all AIS families for taking the time to recognize the full worth of a strong IB education!