Every child that applies to our school goes through the admissions assessment. We assess the students in order to place them in the most appropriate grade level based on their skills.
Assessment is based on holistic evaluation of the child’s learning and his/her performance during the test. The school looks into academic, social, emotional and motoric skills as well as behavior and attitude since they all are equally valuable in child’s holistic development. Low performance in any of these areas might be a reason for a refusal of an applicant.
At the beginning of the school year the school pedagogical staff prepares a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) for each student. The mentioned aims come from the school curriculum. The PLP gives a holistic overview of child’s strengths and weaknesses, and sets some objectives for and tools for the ongoing term. The PLP is reviewed for every term.
The most important data for student assessment comes through continuous teacher observations and continuous formative assessment. In these processes the teacher is able to collect information about student progress through versatile sources. Observing student’s daily work and using continuous formative assessment on daily bases gives the teacher realistic and up-to-date information about student’s academic level, working skills and behavior.
For example the following documentation is used:
- teacher’s notes, photos, videos
- student test results
- student portfolios
- student self-evaluation documents
- group self-evaluation documents
The school year is divided into three terms. Students receive a report card at the end of each term. Prior to this the parents have a possibility to meet teachers in a Parent-Teacher Conference or Student-Led Conference.
In the early education (grades 0-2) the evaluation is written and descriptive. Starting from grade 3 student assessment follows numeric scale from 4-10 (4 being failed and 10 being outstanding) with a descriptiove text.
The children are taught to use peer- and self-evaluation as a natural part of daily routines and group activities. The use of these methods enhances the understanding between learning and assessment and promotes the construction of stronger and more realistic self-image.