At Carver School, we believe that every student is a capable learner and that every student learns and develops differently and at different rates, therefore, our children excel in and enjoy learning.
Assessment is a very natural element of the classroom and part of all components of the curriculum. It is not a stressful experience for students, but rather an opportunity to share their knowledge in realistic and meaningful ways. It is ongoing and done through a combination of teacher, self, and peer assessment.
Carver School uses portfolios, informal assessments, self-reflections, and some formal assessments to determine student progress. We approach assessment as a tool for growth rather than as a quantitative measurement.
Reflection is an extremely important part of the learning process. Before the students begin projects they may be asked to think back on previous experiences to help determine criteria and goals. During a project, the class often pauses to discuss what is working well and where they may need to make adjustments. When a project is completed, students look at what they accomplished and learned. The students reflect on how the new knowledge applies to a future experience.
Our goal is for students to become comfortable and reasonable in assessing oneself as an individual and when appropriate, as a group. It is also valuable for students to receive feedback from teachers and peers and to use insights they gain as a learner. Criteria for assignments are made visible for students from the beginning of a project and they are reminded of the guidelines and standards throughout the process.
Ways students will be assessed include:
· Anecdotal records by the teacher for assessing the students on their everyday work, behavior, and attitude.
· Projects and activities that authentically allow the students to express their learning in a variety of ways and intelligences.
· Having informal, individual student conferences periodically to discuss various aspects of learning.
· Self-Assessment reflections completed by the students themselves.
· Traditional spelling tests
· Individualized reading assessments
· Classroom tests and assignments
· Portfolios showing student work in all intelligence and curriculum areas
· Parental assessment of their child’s development