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In Escola Eleva, assessment is an essential part of the learning process. Through assessment instruments, the student can understand his personal learning process, perceive what is well grounded and what needs to be further examined. Assessment also lets educators gauge the effectiveness of their pedagogical action and equips them to plan changes that will help students on their learning path.

Thereby, assessment instruments follow curricular units development according to the learning objectives defined by the teacher. One of their principles is that qualitative aspects are considered more important than the quantitative ones.

ASSESSMENT SYSTEMS
Escola Eleva works with two types of assessment:

Formative – its main function is to guide and improve teaching and learning. It is composed of formal and informal activities carried out in the classroom or at home.
Summative – its main function is to gauge how much the student has learned. It is composed of formal exams, such as presentations, seminars and tests.

KINDERGARTEN
In Kindergarten, students’ work is documented in a portfolio. This way, it is possible to observe their learning process and to assess to what measure they have achieved the proposed learning objectives. This portfolio goes home at the end of every month so guardians can follow students’ progress. At the end of each semester, teachers will also send home a written report showing how the child is performing regarding the learning objectives set for their age group.

LOWER SCHOOL
In Lower School, grades are translated into concepts, according to how much of the learning objectives were achieved. The concepts are “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and “E”. They have decreasing values and mean:

A – Learning objectives were fully met;
B – Learning objectives were met with quality;
C – Learning objectives were met;
D – Learning objectives were partially met;
E – Learning objectives were minimally met.

In the initial years, students’ work is documented in a portfolio. This way, it is possible to observe their learning process and to assess to what measure they have achieved the proposed learning objectives. They are evaluated with criteria that describe the level of learning. From the second semester of 3rd grade on, traditional individual tests, besides the portfolio, work presentation and production will also be evaluated.

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Evaluations and grades are organized into two semesters. In each semester, students will take summative and formative tests of every subject. Summative evaluations will compose the semester’s grade average.

Performance in summative evaluations translates into grades from 1 to 10. The student who completes all formative evaluations will receive the opportunity to retake a summative evaluation in which they scored below the satisfactory, according to teacher’s orientation. The Retake grade substitutes the student’s lower grade.

HIGH SCHOOL
Evaluations and grades are organized into two semesters. In each semester, students will take summative and formative tests of every subject, and a mock-up ENEM exam, a multidisciplinary test. Besides that, 10th-graders must take the PSAT, 10th and 11th-graders must take the Cambridge FCE or CAE exam.

Performance in summative evaluations translates into grades from 1 to 10. The student who completes all formative evaluations will receive the opportunity to retake a summative evaluation in which they scored below the satisfactory, according to teacher’s orientation. The Retake grade substitutes the student’s lower grade.

The mock-up ENEM consists of various subjects, has an essay and 180 questions about four fields of knowledge. The general performance in the exam translates into a single grade from 1 to 10 for each field of knowledge (Natural Sciences, encompassing Chemistry, Physics, and Biology; Human Sciences, encompassing History, Geography, Sociology, and Philosophy; Languages, encompassing Portuguese and its Literature; Mathematics; Writing; and Physical Education).

Through assessment instruments, the student can understand his personal learning process