Assessment and Reporting
Assessment at Nishimachi is guided by the school's philosophy and goals. Student growth and learning are evaluated by various means to maximize student learning. Assessment is viewed as not an end in itself, but a process that facilitates student learning and appropriate decision making. We evaluate students with respect to individual academic growth in each content area. Students are also assessed according to Nishimachi's schoolwide student learning expectations (SLEs), as articulated in the curriculum.
Outside Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests are administered in grades 2 to 9. This provides data for teachers in the area of math, reading and writing. In addition, students from grades 3 to 9 participate in the ERB Writing Assessment Program (WrAP) which provides a direct measure of writing ability. Students produce a writing sample in response to a writing prompt.
The school year is divided into two semesters, and student progress is reported at the end of each semester through a formal report card. All students receive a progress report in November.
There are four occasions per year for formal conferences. Other meetings may be called to discuss specific needs.
Parent Information Day (September): At the first of these, held at the beginning of the school year, parents meet with the child's teachers. This is an opportunity for parents to share with the teacher their perspective on the child, as a person and a learner.
Parent-Student-Teacher Conference (November): Students attend this meeting at which student progress is jointly discussed. Goals are set according to the needs of the student.
Parent-Student-Teacher Conference (March): Students attend this meeting at which student progress is jointly discussed. Goals and next steps are reflected on, using data from assessments throughout the year.
Student Led Conference (April): Student has the opportunity to lead the discussion, presenting a comprehensive portfolio of his or her work to parents and reviewing the progress made over the course of the school year.