At Escola Eleva, assessment is an essential part of the learning process. It is by the evaluation instruments that students gauge their own learning, determining which topics are well understood and which ones need reinforcement. For the educator, assessment provides the opportunity to reflect on his or her effectiveness in teaching and think about changes or interventions needed to assist students in the learning process.
To this end, assessments are integrated into curricular units according to the learning objectives outlined by the teacher, valuing the qualitative aspects over the quantitative.
1. ASSESSMENT OF ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
There are three permanent types of assessment:
Assessment of prior knowledge, skills and understanding (diagnostic) serves as a base for the teacher’s planning of the course. Diagnostic assessment is not graded, and as such is not included in a student’s semester average.
Assessment for Learning (formative) formal and informal activities done in or out of class that orient the teacher and student towards finding strategies to be adopted in the classroom to improve academic performance and to facilitate the learning process of each student. This type of assessment also does not figure into the end of semester grade, however only with completion of all formatives can a student earn the right to retake a summative assessment.
Assessment of Learning (summative) formal assessments (oral presentations, various written tasks, seminars, projects, research, exams) at the end of a curricular unit or units, which allow students to show evidence of their learning.
2. EVALUATION OF VALUES
Resilience, persistence, commitment, focus, determination, collaboration in the classroom, clearing doubts, timely completion of assignments, study habits — these skills and attitudes are observed through a lens of predetermined criteria jointly established by students and teachers. Teachers observe and gather evidence of student performance and share findings with individual students and parents/guardians.