Students at ASM show what they’ve learned in a multitude of formats that include working with Montessori materials, conducting labs and experiments, engaging in project based work, writing essays and discussing what they’ve learned in groups. Learning this way allows students to collaborate, create and problem-solve, and are all forms of assessment even though they may not look like the familiar quiz or test. Learning outcomes that require higher order thinking can’t be assessed in a multiple choice testing format, which measure student achievement based upon small bits of information that are easily scored.
The skills that students need to acquire as they journey down their path of education are the ability to critically think and analyze, and apply the information they’ve learned to real-life problems. At ASM, your child will be assessed through daily teacher observations, discourse, essay writing, and by using project rubrics, as well as traditional testing that includes quizzes and tests.
In Kindergarten through grade two, students’ literacy skills are assessed through DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills). DIBELS is administered three times a year and the results provide feedback that helps to inform instruction within the classroom. If a student scores below the benchmarks, the learning specialist, teacher and parents meet to discuss a plan for supporting the student.