Assessing Student Performance
Report cards are sent home three times each year, at the end of each trimester. They reflect distinct measures of scholarship and effort. Each child’s scholarship in several areas is indicated at the following levels: Secure, Developing, Beginning, and Not Evident.
In the same areas, effort is measured at the following levels: Outstanding, Good, Inconsistent and Unsatisfactory. In addition to these scholarship and effort marks, teachers include detailed notes to parents on each student's progress during that trimester.
Journey Form Four (Grades 7-8)
In addition to scholarship and effort marks, by Form Four, report cards also reflect a letter grade for each subject as students prepare to transition to high school.
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Conferences are scheduled twice each year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Parents receive their child's report card a day in advance of conferences to prepare for the conference time. In addition, parents can arrange for ad hoc conversations with a teacher.
Use of Standardized Tests
Students in grades 4-8 participate annually in Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. While we value the information gained from these annual standardized tests, we use results primarily to confirm classroom observations and other assessments by our faculty. These tests are also useful in preparing students for similar tests in their years beyond Lorien Wood.