Assessments

Assessments

As a progressive school, Park Day strives to create an environment where students can dream big, take risks, and innovate. We use standards-based skill assessments, and do not give letter grades nor administer standardized testing. Our focus on deep engagement and content, rather than teaching to the test, creates a culture where intrinsic motivation is paramount. While skills in math, spelling, and other foundational building blocks are assessed in part with quizzes and paper assessments, the focus is on effort and understanding. Each student’s personal development is paramount, and their ability to assess and take charge of their own learning is the desired outcome.

Park Day’s focus is on comprehension of the subject matter and the critical thinking that follows. Instead of focusing on a grade or ranked outcome, we strive to create an environment where students can maximize creativity and thoughtful analysis. Feedback comes in the form of carefully scaffolded self-assessments, direct conversation with the teacher, peer workshops, and/or notes and comments in written form. Students are encouraged to revise and improve their work at every stage of the process.

Sample progress reports are available at our Open Houses and upon request.