What is CAS?
CREATIVITY, ACTION, SERVICE
…… if you believe in something, you must not just think or talk or write, but must act.
As a result of their CAS experience as a whole, including their reflections, there should be evidence that students have:
They are able to see themselves as individuals with various skills and abilities, some more developed than others, and understand that they can make choices about how they wish to move forward.
A new challenge may be an unfamiliar activity, or an extension to an existing one.
Planning and initiation will often be in collaboration with others. It can be shown in activities that are part of larger projects, for example, ongoing school activities in the local community, as well as in small student-led activities.
Collaboration can be shown in many different activities, such as team sports, playing music in a band, or helping in a kindergarten. At least one project, involving collaboration and the integration of at least two of creativity, action and service, is required.
At a minimum, this implies attending regularly and accepting a share of the responsibility for dealing with problems that arise in the course of activities.
Students may be involved in international projects but there are many global issues that can be acted upon locally or nationally (for example, environmental concerns, caring for the elderly).
Ethical decisions arise in almost any CAS activity (for example, on the sports field, in musical composition, in relationships with others involved in service activities.) Evidence of thinking about ethical issues can be shown in various ways, including journal entries and conversations with CAS advisers.
As with new challenges, new skills may be shown in activities that the students has not previously undertaken, or in increased expertise in an established area.
There is no other assessment of student performance in CAS.
The IB regional office systematically monitors school CAS programmes and provides feedback to the school.