We feel hands-on projects encourage inquiry and higher-level thinking skills.

While our focus will NOT be on standardized testing, we do realize that our children will be exposed to standardized testing eventually (SATs, ACTs, GREs, etc). We also realize that test-taking does involve some specific skills, such as eliminating choices and time-management. Therefore, we will be exposing the students to some forms of standardized testing (in small doses) and discussing certain tactics or techniques for approaching a standardized test.

We want our children to feel comfortable and confident in testing situations they may encounter in the future. Exposure to testing in our school may consist of examining a reading passage and set of questions from the CRCT as part of a small group discussion and allowing the students to take portions of the test in a mock setting. However, each family has heavily-weighted input into their child’s education, so if you prefer that your child has more or less exposure, we would accommodate your preferences.

Required Standardized Testing: Students are required to take a comprehensive standardized test in 3rd grade and 6th grade. The 2014-15 school year was the first year we administered the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), which is a nationally normed standardized test that assesses student achievement in reading, written expression, mathematics, science, social studies, language and computation.

Testing Results: So far, we have only had one year of testing for two third graders. Both students passed all sections of the test. Both students tested at or above a fourth grade level in reading, mathematics, and written expression.