This aspect of our structure focuses on the process of assessment and evaluation through a norm-referenced test. This is a secondary layer of ensuring that the learners at TCS and the curriculum that is pursued is an expansion of the state-mandated standards. It provides value feedback as to how our students compare to other norm groups.
Our students take this standardized assessment in the spring of each school year. At a baseline level, this evaluation informs our instruction and curriculum-adoption cycle. The assessment is a snap-shot of your child’s ability. Therefore, we view it as one instance of your child’s performance and ability. So, we strive to recognize and analyze this tool as a valuable one while integrating it with the four other aspects of our academic structure.
Connecting Fides to everyday learning…
Hands-on learning extends into the middle-school elective classes. Students in Mr. Ross’s Robotics elective begin the semester by learning about basic programming. Each student has an iPad which they use to program and directly interact with a robot (Sphero) with the end-goal of ultimately controlling the robot through an obstacle course. Robotics students also research the engineering involved in bridge construction. This unit culminates as the students are given a set amount of materials and tasked with building the strongest bridge they can. This is where classroom learning intersects measurement. Finally, students construct a chariot battle bot out of cardboard, steel wire, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, straws and hot glue. Here the students learn the different types of axle systems and mechanisms that will drive their chariot. After constructing their own chariot within their group, they then compete against other groups to see who has built the best chariot battle bot.