Assessments

Assessments

As a progressive school, Park Day strives to create an environment where students can dream big, take risks, and innovate. Instead of assigning traditional letter grades, school transcripts reflect a formative approach to assessment. We focus on the learning process in its entirety, and not just on the final product of a learning unit.  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. 

Without grades as a factor, intrinsic motivation is paramount and students ask more questions, dive deeper, and take more ownership for their learning. While skills in math, spelling, and other foundational building blocks are assessed, the focus is 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.