Assessment & Testing
Testing is often considered the primary means of assessment, but that is far from true at The Raleigh School.
Assessment is an ongoing, daily process at The Raleigh School. Students' skills are assessed through a variety of methods such as:
- One-on-one skills assessment
- Review of class work and homework
- Rubrics created for each project
- All-School Writing Day (reviewed by teachers)
- Peer review
- Self-assessment by students
- Teacher-made tests
Teachers compile all this information and create detailed progress reports that are a a combination of grade-based skills' assessment and narrative. Progress reports are reviewed with parents twice a year at parent-teacher conferences, and a final progress report is mailed home at the end of the year. In fifth grade, the student leads the second conference by reviewing goals and showing achievement relative to the goals.
The progress reports are used instead of traditional grades.
The Raleigh School is free from the constraints of EOGs, EOCs, grade-level testing and other types of tests that detract from the mission at hand. The state requires the school to give a nationally normed test, and that is the only standardized test we administer. We administer the Stanford Achievement Test in third-fifth grades, with minimal class time spent in preparation for the test.