Every spring, Greensboro Montessori School administers the Iowa Assessments to all third- through ninth-grade students. This annual event is an opportunity for our students to practice their test taking skills, and for our School to collect some comparative data on our students’ overall academic performance.
As a Montessori school, it is widely known we are NOT a test-driven school. Rather, we value collaborative, project-based, and applied learning over and above individual achievement measured by high-stakes testing. Additionally, because we get to know our student learners so well, the data on any individual rarely tells us something we don’t already know. Therefore, we recognize these tests as a “simple snap shot” within a broader portfolio of assessment of every student’s learning and growth.
When the results from the Iowa Assessments are returned, Greensboro Montessori School notifies parents. We also include the detailed summary from a student’s Iowa Assessments with their year-end progress report every June. Additionally, we invite parents to review individual results with our associate head of school and learning support services coordinator to aid parents in their understanding and interpretation of the data.
As our students prepare for the Iowa Assessments, we suggest the following readiness tips:
The Night Before
- Relax and have fun.
- Enjoy a healthy snack an hour before bedtime.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
The Morning of the Test
- Fill up on healthy, complex carbs and protein.
- Arrive at school on time.
- Connect with a friend or teacher if you have pretest jitters.
During the Test
- Take three deep breaths.
- If you don’t know the answer, give your best guess and move on.
The Iowa Assessments are a nationally standardized achievement test for K-12 students. What that means is that you can compare your child’s scores to children across the country in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. The Iowa Assessments are developed by the Iowa Testing Programs, part of the University of Iowa’s College of Education, and are published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.