Assessment at QAM is ongoing, harnessing both formative and summative assessment to determine student knowledge, skills and understanding, and to inform teachers and the pedagogical leadership team in the ongoing review and monitoring of the QAM curriculum. 

The QAM curriculum has a goal of enabling learners to construct meaning.  Assessment plays an integral role in all learning and teaching. It is essential to inform pedagogical practices that are responsive to student needs. Assessment allows for the design of a differentiated curriculum, with appropriate scaffolding to support learner progress. It is a cyclical process and assessment is integral at all stages and involves assessment for, assessment as, and assessment of learning. A variety of formative and summative assessment strategies and tools are used to assess learning in all subject areas (in English and Arabic) for differing purposes including to:

  • establish prior knowledge
  • identify learning needs
  • measure student achievement
  • track progress over time
  • reflect on approaches to learning
  • reflect on approaches to teaching

Assessment Tools and Strategies include: teacher observations (anecdotal notes), peer & self assessment, rubrics, observation checklists, question and answer, work samples, teacher-designed assessment tasks, student portfolios, class discussions, analysis of works in progress, journals, observation checklists, concept maps ...

Periodic Assessment Tasks: Reading Benchmark Assessments (Running Records), Writing Samples, Spelling inventory, Phonics Assessment, Sight Word Assessment, UOI Formative and Summative Assessment tasks.

Standardized Assessments

NWEA MAP (Northwest Evaluation Association Measure of Academic Progress) in October and April

  • Math (KG - G5)
  • Reading (G1 - G5)
  • Language usage (G2 - G5)


Mubakkir: G1 & G2 (Twice per year) assessing:

  • Reading
  • Sounds
  • Letter identification
  • Syllables


TALA: G3 & G4 (Twice per year) assessing:

  • Vocabulary
  • Reading Information
  • Reading Literature
  • Writing


TIMSS: G4 (once per year) assessing:

  • Science
  • Language