Evaluation is an integrated and binding component of educational policy which enables the systematic collection of information which, once analysed, supports appropriate decisions to promote the development of quality learning.
In Junior School, the internal assessment focuses on the learning and skills defined in the National Curriculum, according to the specific criteria of each subject. The evaluation criteria of each subject are the responsibility of the subject’s department, according to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education. At the beginning of each school year they are made known to the entire educational community. It is on the basis of these that the regulation and reorientation of the teaching-learning process and, consequently, the classification of the students’ marks and results is made.
The evaluation is essentially formative, being the main form of the evaluation. It assumes a continuous and systematic character and aims at the regulation of teaching and learning, using a variety of tools for collecting information, according to the nature of learning and the contexts in which it takes place and the criteria for evaluation of each subject.
Throughout the Teaching-Learning process, teachers offer students a framework of each test, commonly known as “Learning Goals”. This aims to direct the study of each student, guiding them in their preparation for assessment.
Finally, Summative Assessment consists of the formulation of a synthesis of information collected on the development of learning and skills, defined for each subject, paying special attention to the learning progress as a whole. Within the scope of Summative Assessment, the following are defined: course of action, guidelines to adapt, monitoring and evaluation.
At the end of each term, the internal summative assessment is the responsibility of each group of class teachers and is expressed in all documents using a scale of zero to twenty, in the curricular subjects. However, it is necessary to convert this classification to a scale of one to five (registered in all official documents issued by the Ministry of Education at the end of each period).
In this way, the classification obtained at the end of each period will be the result of learning, behaviour and attitudes.