Assessments

In the Montessori environment, formative assessments are ongoing. Many of the Montessori materials have a built-in control of error, which gives the student immediate feedback on academic progress. The control of error allows the student to self-correct mistakes and continue practicing without adult intervention. This form of low-stakes assessment gently guides the child to mastery. Children have control of their own learning which helps build self-esteem and self-worth along the way. The practice with materials and instruction from the Montessori Guide allow them to know when they are ready to move on to more complex areas.

Montessori guides use formative assessments as part of their daily routine, following every student. Each student's interests and progress are individually observed, assessed, and recorded. The guide makes notations about lessons regarding presentations, practice and mastery. She closely monitors which materials the student is using and if errors are being made. Based on observations, the Montessori guide knows when to present new material and when to modify previously presented material for additional understanding.

The Montessori curriculum naturally meets students at their ability level. This means that students who are succeeding and are ready to move on are permitted to move forward even if it is above their grade or age level expectations. In conjunction, we utilize Albanesi curriculum resource, and Xtra Math to supplement student learning.

In addition, we benefit from implementing Wisconsin's Framework for Equitable Multi-Level Systems of Support. This allows us to identify the needs of all students and provide interventions to further support them. As a public school, Wausau Area Montessori Charter School participates in all district assessments that monitor a child's progress in fall, winter and spring. We are also required to meet state standards which is assessed through the WI Forward Exam for 3rd - 6th grade students.