Anser believes that all children can learn and achieve high standards. The student assessment process at Anser facilitates the achievement of this goal by making explicit the criteria by which successful performance may be judged. Here are some examples of what we use to assess our student’s performance:
- Work Sampling System – Project-centered, experiential and inquiry approach to learning requires a comprehensive way to monitor children’s academic, social, emotional and physical progress. Expeditionary Learning schools use this type of tool to evaluate student progress.
- Portfolios – Anser student portfolios contain a collection of work that is valuable and accessible to multiple audiences, shows growth and best work, addresses the Idaho State Content Standards, represents the uniqueness of the individual student and shows evidence of revision and reflection.
- Embedded Assessment Practices – Specific classroom practices support assessment through models and exemplars, criteria and rubrics, and expectations for reflection, revision and quality.
- Standardized Testing – Another way to monitor student progress over time which allows Anser to obtain and compile data for broad-based comparison to other programs and schools.
- Report Cards – Formal report cards are distributed approximately every 9 weeks for Junior High students and every 12 weeks for Kindergarten through sixth grade students. All students receive standards based grading criteria. Junior High students receive both the standards based grading criteria as well as a traditional letter grade.
- Public Exhibitions & Performances – Presentations, demonstrations, performances, and exhibitions of final products culminate learning expeditions. Public displays of student work allow families and members of the broader community, opportunities to review and assess student work as well as provide valuable feedback.
- Expedition Projects – Students participate in project-based investigations within each grade level’s topic of study. The final product encompasses an array of disciplines and is evaluated using a scoring guide, or rubric, created by the students and teacher.
- Conferences – Goal setting conferences for students in Grades 1-8 with their parents and teachers are held at the end of the first month of the school year. Kindergarten goal setting conferences are held in December. Student-led parent conferences are held in January and again the last month of school. Both the teacher and the parents may schedule a conference at any other time as needed. We encourage families to initiate a conference anytime throughout the year making this process very interactive.