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Congratulations to the 134 Grade 12 students who graduated from ZIS at a special ceremony at the Upper School on Saturday June 17.
Director Jeff Paulson welcomed the students and their family and friends to the event, at which AISZ / ZIS alumnus Erika Darmstaedter, Class of 1981, gave an address. This was followed by the presentation of awards by Upper School Principal John Switzer and Board Chairman Kevin Lane.
Two Grade 12 students spoke on behalf of the Class of 2017, and music was provided by the ZIS Concert Band and other students.We would like to wish the members of the ZIS Class of 2017 all the very best for their future and hope to see them at our global ZIS Meets events!
ZIS students achieved excellent results in math, reading and writing in an internationally-recognized assessment, gaining better results in all categories when compared to averages for all schools that completed the tests.
Students in Grades 3, 5, 7 and 10 recently completed the International Schools Assessment, together with over 38,000 children from 206 schools around the world.
"We're delighted that, once again, our students achieved excellent results in this stringent test process," said ZIS Director Jeff Paulson. "This is just one way in which ZIS measures the success of our students, and complements internal assessments undertaken throughout the year."
Developed by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER), the ISA assessment program is designed especially for students in international schools in Grades 3 to 10. It is based on the internationally-endorsed reading and mathematical literacy frameworks of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
This assessment is used by international schools and schools with an international focus, whose language of instruction is English. The ISA provides:
- An assessment with a broad cultural base
- A combination of multiple-choice and open-ended questions and prompts
- Student-level information about what individuals know and can do (skills and processes)
- Class and school-level information that can inform instructional programs
- Information about sub-groups' performance (for example, gender, language group)
- Relevant comparisons between like schools
- International normative information
This graph and table gives a comparison between ZIS average scores and those for all schools which participated.