Based on the general education policy in the kingdom that supports developing and updating educational experiences and processes, Dar Al Fikr School, with collaboration with The Ministry of Education, has developed the experimental evaluation system to go along with the recent international developments in this era. The core of this system is based on the educational vision which states that evaluation is a very important part of the learning process. It is a process that goes side by side with learning and is not separated from it. Its goal is to measure student progress in the light of student potential and capability, in order for improvement. This is because traditional examinations are no longer sufficient for measuring educational processes. The actual practice of measuring school learning stresses that exaggeration in focusing on examinations as a basis for pointing out passing and failing students, greatly affects in a negative way the nature of education and learning. The measuring process also loses its original goal which is to reinforce the learning process and improve the students’ positive tendencies toward continuous self-education. The nature of examinations has become a goal not a means. It encouraged competition, dependence on numbers and comparison between fellow students even though there are individual differences. In the end, learning has focused on preparing students for passing an exam that is based on remembering information only.
From the understanding that evaluation should have a goal of strengthening student enthusiasm, encouraging continuous self-education and acquiring skills that will last with the individual his lifetime, Dar Al Fikr Schools have chosen Continuous Evaluation. Continuous Evaluation covers short examinations, pop quizzes, group or individual projects and research, worksheets, portfolios and homework. The aim is to evaluate a student’s development in all informational, emotional, and skills aspects. This document describes in details the features of the evaluation policy at the school and how to apply it.
Every department makes a separate, detailed evaluation card. This card includes objectives, skills and knowledge that should be achieved in every subject and it is approved by the Measurement and Evaluation Unit.