At Sankalpa Academy, instruction is informed by research and data. Student assessments are therefore an integral, seamless part of our school life. Since students are always involved in this process, they view assessments not only as instruments for self-reflection, but also as tools that help them with retention and consolidation. As a result, our assessments don’t carry with them the stress that is usually associated with high-stakes testing.
Our assessments include:
Cognitive and competency assessments: evaluate student's strengths and weaknesses in cognitive areas such as fluid reasoning, visual-spatial, working-memory and the other 5 competencies. This allows us to tailor our ILP design, offering and teaching methods so they align well with the strengths and needs of the learner.
Formative assessment: evaluates students throughout the learning process using different strategies. In addition to the high level curricular goals, the assessments also seek to identify underlying strengths, struggles and growth opportunities.
Summative assessment: an end of unit evaluation that allows students to demonstrate their mastery of the relevant knowledge, skills and understanding. These are typically offered as projects.
Observations: evaluate behaviors and attitudes that may impact academic performance as well as long-term life skills and outcomes, such as socio-emotional development, mindset, distractibility or gratification deferment skills, engagement and work ethics.
MAP (Measure of Academic Progress): evaluates both students’ growth and achievement. While MAP is a standardized test, we use it is a tool to share with parents their child’s progress as well as his individual needs. It also allows students to learn test-taking strategies in a low stress environment.