Through individual lessons and conferences, assessment happens continually throughout every student’s Montessori day. Because students encounter formalized tests as they advance in school, test taking becomes a Practical Life skill in the Elementary classroom. As such, at the Elementary level, HPMS introduces a variety of test-taking practices in addition to the standard Montessori assessments. Some of the formalized tests that our students encounter at the Elementary level include weekly spelling tests and weekly math quizzes, which bolster students’ abilities to practice and recall memorized math facts.
At the Upper Elementary level, student/teacher conferencing and rubrics are used for most assignments. Through communication with the teachers and a clear delineation of what is expected, students and teachers can determine the student’s level of work together.
Each spring, third-level students, and above, practice and then take the Stanford Achievement Test. The SAT is aligned with state and national standards and includes sections on reading comprehension, language, spelling, listening comprehension, mathematics problem-solving, science and social science. Second-level students share in this Practical Life exercise through practice test taking only.
Fourth-level students and above are assessed using the Scantron Performance Series in the fall, winter and spring. The results are used to help drive the individualized student work plans and curriculum.