Staff reviews, interviews, portfolios, reports and family conferences create an on-going assessment system.Twice a year the school records and evaluates all its students in literacy and numeracy, as the primary means of noting growth. The scoring system is shared (and subject to review) with students, their families and external authorities.
While the school administers standardized norm-referenced tests where required and prepares students to understand how to do their best with such tools, it does not build its own assessment system on the basis of these scores. The primary assessment is built around the school’s formal Graduation Portfolio Standards. A portfolio committee consisting of teachers, family members and community members formally assess students in six subject areas at the end of seventh and eighth grades.