- Anecdotal Observations – We observe children during daily work and as they perform specific tasks, answer questions, and deliver presentations; we record their progress, strengths, areas needing improvement, and areas requiring more investigation.
- Checklists and Rubrics – We use lists of specific skills, criteria, strategies, attitudes, and behaviours that have been specifically designed for activities, projects, and lessons to ascertain each child’s level of understanding. Upper Elementary Writing Rubric (PDF)
- Benchmarks – We refer to detailed descriptions of achievement standards for relevant ages, grades, and development levels. We select representative samples of each student’s work and use them to monitor progress toward goals.
- Projects and Presentations – Throughout the year, students are given opportunities to submit their work, receive feedback, and make improvements before presenting a final product.
- Tests and Quizzes – Students are given opportunities to explore the variety of questions that appear on tests and practice test-taking skills to prepare them for middle school. We also use tests to gauge student understanding and to track class-wide learning trends.
Our progress reports are based on the extensive anecdotal recording we maintain throughout the school year. The reports include a detailed description of progress in every area of the curriculum. This format allows teachers the opportunity to discuss each child’s individual areas of strength as well as areas needing growth. In addition, we use scales to mark each child’s progress according to specified benchmarks.