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Assessing Growth

Tilton School teachers, coaches and residential staff commit themselves to providing honest, timely and thorough feedback on student work products. Honoring student work with our time, attention and expertise, we build strong student-teacher relationships. Further, providing timely feedback generates greater student understanding and builds expertise.

Academic Achievement & Habits of Mind

The Tilton School transcript reports two sets of quarterly marks in each class. Academic Achievement grades and Habits of Mind grades target separate, but related, elements of the students' classroom learning experience.

Academic Achievement Targets

Content Knowledge
Unit-Driven Understanding
Oral & Written Communication Skills
Critical Thinking and Flexibility
Creative Engagement/Problem-Solving

Habits of Mind Targets

Intellectual Curiosity, Openness & Engagement
Time and Resource Management
Persistence, Resilience & Patience
Risk-Taking & Self-Advocacy
Dependability & Punctuality
Student by student, lesson by lesson and unit by unit, classroom teachers identify learning targets and standards of accomplishment.   Ultimately, classroom teachers determine and report on student mastery -- the degree to which student performance on a project meets basic standards -- using the following system of grading marks.

SES = student work significantly exceeds basic targets/standards
ES = student work exceeds basic targets/standards
MS = student work meets basic targets/standards
DNMS = student work does not YET meet basic targets/standards

Classroom teachers provide Tilton School students with scoring rubrics and exemplars of accomplishment for the different kinds of performances and work-products required of them.