A PBAT School
A PBAT School
A Truly International Community
A vital part of the academic process at International Community High School are PBAT portfolios. PBATs, or Project-Based Assessment Tasks, are en essential part of ICHS culture. Students develop written portfolio assignments, such as essays or scientific lab reports, which are then presented to a panel. Portfolio presentations are a key component of our progressive assessment process at International Community High School and occur once per semester for grades 9-11. The portfolio presentations are reviewed by a panel of teachers and peers, during which students present their findings across all disciplines and reflectively assess their learning and respond to questions from the panel. In their senior year, the demands of the student portfolios become much greater, with students presenting one portfolio in spring and completing the bulk of their portfolios as independent research projects.
ICHS is part of a consortium which allows schools to assess students using PBAT portfolios instead of high-stakes Regents exams. In fact, the only Regents exam the students need to pass in order to graduate is the ELA Regents. Students must demonstrate competency in their core classes through the use of their PBAT portfolio projects. This allows students and teachers to focus more on developing skills that are more authentically preparing students for post-secondary life.
Below are links to articles which highlight the benefits of PBAT schools like International Community High School.