Assessment at Compass is meant to involve on-going feedback to students and parents on student learning at the school. While much of his feedback is communicated in the course of the school day formally and informally, more formal reporting on each student’s progress occurs three times during the year. On these occasions, teachers complete a detailed report form with narrative that addresses key learning areas. This report card format is organized around the five learning realms, with each teacher selecting indicators that they have focused on each in each trimester.
This formal feedback is not intended to compare or rank students but instead, it is meant to identify areas of individual strength and areas for further attention, and to encourage students to grow as learners. At the end of the year, students receive overall grades in each realm in each class, reflecting competency in that realm over the course of the year.
It is our hope that the report form serves less as a final judgment on student learning than as a vehicle to open up thinking and conversation about each child’s progress. Parents are urged to bring their questions about reports to the teachers either by phone, email, or to parent-teacher-student conferences scheduled each term.
Evaluative categories used on the report form are: Outstanding, representing work well above expectations; Excellent, for work above expectations; Good, for meeting expectations; Fair, below expectations; and Not acceptable, for work that fails to meet expectations. The category of Outstanding is used very selectively reflecting not only work of the highest quality, but also a level of consistency that is very demanding.
Portfolios and Rubrics
The following pages will give an overview of the portfolio process for each grade division.
Division One (7th-8th Grade) Full Requirements for Division One Exhibition
The Division One Exhibition represents your hard work and accomplishments in the 7th and 8th grades. Your exhibition will consist of a reflective portfolio of your work, a reflective letter, and a roundtable presentation.
Division Two (9th-10th Grade) Full Requirements for Division Two Exhibition
What is the purpose of the Division Two Exhibition? This exhibition will serve as a teaching/learning tool that will provide you with the opportunity to observe your growth, to evaluate your work and to reflect upon your Division Two learning experiences and Compass’ Learning Realms. The Division Two Exhibition is a requirement for promotion to Division 3 (11th-12th grade).
Graduation Portfolio (11th-12th Grade) Full Requirements for Graduation Roundtable
Essential Question: As a learner, how can you show mastery of all learning realms as you leave Compass?
What is the Graduation Portfolio Roundtable?
The Graduation Portfolio Roundtable represents your hard work and accomplishments in the 11th and 12th grades. Your exhibition will consist of a reflective portfolio of your work, a reflective letter, and a roundtable presentation.
What is the purpose of the Graduation Portfolio Roundtable? This exhibition will serve as a teaching/learning tool that will provide you with the opportunity to observe your growth, to evaluate your work and to reflect upon your learning experiences and Compass’ Learning Realms. The roundtable is meant to both celebrate your learning during high school and assess your readiness to graduate. Graduation Portfolio Roundtable is a requirement for graduation.
These rubrics are used for each of the learning realms.
- Communication- Expression: Full Rubric for Expression
- Communication- Listening and Reading: Full Rubric for Listening and Reading
- Community Involvement: Full Rubric for Community Involvement
- Personal Development: Full Rubric for Personal Development
- Thinking and Reasoning: Full Rubric for Thinking and Reasoning