One Measure of Achievement in 2018
“Academically prepared” is one of the attributes in TMA’s Portrait of a Graduate. One of the ways we measure the academic achievement of our elementary students is by administering the Stanford 10, a national norm-referenced achievement test. While the test does not measure a student’s progress through the Montessori curriculum, it does assess academic outcomes relative to a national norm reference group of same-age children, in public, private, and parochial schools, who also took the test.
In this country, standardized testing is a “practical life” skill that becomes increasingly important as students continue their educational journey, beyond TMA, toward college. As a result, we administer a standardized test annually to help prepare students for a transition to more traditional educational systems. We do not teach to the test. Every year the grade-level results are shared with the TMA community. The report from last spring’s testing is now available. An electronic copy of the report can be downloaded here; paper copies are available at the Community Board in the front office. Any questions? Please contact me!
At the Annual Meeting, one of our parents made a wonderful observation as he looked at the grade level scores not just by individual grade level, but by rhe 3-year cycle: 1st-3rd in Lower Elementary and 4th-6th in Upper Elementary. He observed that the data supported the benefit of the 3-year multi-age grouping in elementary. Check it out and let me know if you arrive at the same conclusion.