Observation of the student by the teacher is the cornerstone to effective assessment. Teachers make many formal and informal observations of each student throughout the day. These observations allow the teacher insight into the student’s work habits, academic progress, interests and social interactions. Teachers often use these observations as a basis for individual conferences with students where the teacher and student will work together to set goals.
Montessori lessons are generally given to individual or small groups of students. This practice allows the teacher to ascertain quickly how much the child comprehends the concept presented. Instruction can be differentiated based on the needs of the small group or individual student. Repetition or increased instruction is implemented as needed.
Primary level teachers informally guide the work of their students.
Elementary level teachers conference with the student to discuss progress, completed work and future goals. The children also keep a work journal to record their school day activities. Communication between teacher, parent and child is essential to understanding the unique learning profile of each student.
In seventh grade, students begin to receive grades and report cards detailing their progress. Students in seventh and eighth grade receive one mid-term report and one final report card each trimester.
For the purpose of standardized testing, we recognize children by traditional grade level. Children in the second grade are screened for language and mathematics skills. Children in third through seventh grade take the “Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test three times per academic year. The testing is used as another teaching tool for teachers and parents to direct instruction and allow children practice in taking standardized tests.