Testing & Assessment
Stevens uses authentic observation, testing and ongoing assessment to provide a comprehensive evaluation of each student.
In the youngest grades, student progress is assessed through observation, recording of learning moments, conferencing with children individually and employing activities that require children to demonstrate and apply knowledge, skills or abilities.
All students in 3rd grade and above write self-evaluations, which are included in the in-depth progress reports parents receive twice a year. Other tools for ongoing assessment in intermediate and middle school include quizzes, tests, project-based work and research papers that demonstrate the application of knowledge, problem solving and mastery of subject matter.
Students begin standardized testing in 4th and 6th grade by taking the CTP-IV test administered by the Educational Records Bureau. This rigorous language arts and math based test assesses verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning and math (number of operations, algebra, geometry, data analysis and probability).
7th graders take the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) as practice for the 8th grade ISEE that is used for admission to private high schools. The exposure better prepares them for the rigorous test in 8th grade. 8th graders also take the Terra Nova3 multiple assessments.