Assessment at Compass is meant to involve on-going feedback to students and parents on student learning at the school. While much of his feedback is communicated in the course of the school day formally and informally, more formal reporting on each student's progress occurs three times during the year. On these occasions, teachers complete a detailed report form with narrative that addresses key learning areas. This report card format is organized around the five learning realms, with each teacher selecting indicators that they have focused on each in each trimester.
This formal feedback is not intended to compare or rank students but instead, it is meant to identify areas of individual strength and areas for further attention, and to encourage students to grow as learners. At the end of the year, students receive overall grades in each realm in each class, reflecting competency in that realm over the course of the year.
It is our hope that the report form serves less as a final judgment on student learning than as a vehicle to open up thinking and conversation about each child’s progress. Parents are urged to bring their questions about reports to the teachers either by phone, email, or to parent-teacher-student conferences scheduled each term.
Evaluative categories used on the report form are: Outstanding, representing work well above expectations; Excellent, for work above expectations; Good, for meeting expectations; Fair, below expectations; and Not acceptable, for work that fails to meet expectations. The category of Outstanding is used very selectively reflecting not only work of the highest quality, but also a level of consistency that is very demanding.
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