In Montessori schools, standardized testing is a delicate balance; never compromising or altering what we do best, never teaching to the test, yet preparing the students for the reality of the American educational system. MSOW begins introducing the students to standardized testing in Grade 3, while utilizing standardized tests in our Upper Elementary and Middle School as part of the continual improvement process for curriculum.  While the tests are designed to measure achievement, our intent is to focus on areas in which each student would need additional time, assistance and/or challenge during the school year.

Below is a summary of the results from our testing in April 2017:

 

April 2017

Reading

Language

Math

Total*

Science

Social Studies

taken at

 

GME

GME

GME

GME

GME

GME

GME

3RD

5.9

6

4.6

5.4

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3.7

4TH

6.7

6.4

5.4

6.6

7.2

7.3

4.7

5TH

8.2

10

6.8

8.3

10.4

8.3

5.7

6TH & 7TH

9.8

11.5

9.4

10.5

11.4

11.2

6.7 & 7.7

*Total score is comprised on reading, language, and math scores.

 

In addition, it is important to recognize that these test scores represent one moment in time and do not measure the development of the whole child. Teachers have high expectations for independence and responsibility, while the students, being eight to fourteen year olds, are learning the social nuances, team work, time management and life skills to continue to be successful.