Assessments

Assessments

As a progressive school, Park Day strives to create an environment where students can dream big, take risks, and innovate. Through standards based skills assessments, opportunities to correct mistakes, and knowing/seeing each student for who they are and what they need — teachers focus on the learning process rather than on a single score or test result. Lessons are differentiated to help students grow and stretch, and we utilize small learning groups particularly around math and structured literacy.  Teachers measure and document student growth on an ongoing basis almost daily, across subject areas. Embedded within a social and emotional framework, assessments ensure each student gets the support and guidance needed to build on past successes. 

Developing intrinsic motivation is paramount and students ask more questions, dive deeper, and take more ownership for their learning. Skills in math, spelling, structured literacy, and other foundational building blocks are assessed, while keeping the focus centered on effort and comprehension. Each student’s personal development is paramount, and their ability to understand and take charge of their own learning is the desired outcome.

We strive to create an environment where students can maximize creativity and thoughtful analysis. Our teachers get to know each child individually through the school year, and provide parents with detailed written narrative progress reports twice a year. Formal parent-teacher conferences occur twice a year and as needed. Students are consistently encouraged to reflect on their work and growth, and advocate for themselves when needed in order to deepen their understanding.