The IB believes assessment is integral to all teaching and learning and should support the principles of the MYP through the encouragement of best practice. The single most important aim of MYP assessment is to support and encourage student learning. The MYP places an emphasis on assessment processes that involve the gathering and analysis of information about student performance and provides timely feedback to students on their performance. MYP assessment aims to identify what students know, understand, can do, and feel at different stages in the learning process and to provide a basis for practice. Students and teachers will be actively engaged in assessing student progress as part of the development of their wider critical-thinking and self-assessment skills.