Standardized Tests

I’m often asked how Park Maitland students perform on standardized tests …

Park Maitland School is refreshingly not a “test driven/high stakes” school. We attribute the success of our students to an atmosphere that is conducive to learning, the partnership the school shares with the parents, our unique departmentalized program and, most importantly, our highly dedicated and outstanding teaching staff. That being said, it is critical that frequent informal assessments are given in most subjects to assure that mastery is taking place. Once a year, a nationally normed achievement test, the ITBS, is administered. Again, the accomplishments of our students are outstanding:

  • Of our current students, (48) 4th graders, (58) 5th graders and (46) 6th graders scored in the 95%ile or higher on one or more subtests or overall core on the 2013 ITBS. That places them in the top 5% in the nation.
  •  The mean score for math (grades 1-6) is 88%ile, and the mean score for reading is 89%ile. These are amazing results and we are so very proud of all of our students.

Standardized test scores do not measure it “all.”

A student’s score on a standardized test is not the only indicator of subject mastery or student progress. Since learning is not uni-dimensional, memorizing facts, learning certain steps and then marking an answer does not display many other facets of a student’s capabilities. For instance, a standardized test does not determine the creativity of the child.  It does not predict future success in a subject.  Nor does it determine a student’s verbal, musical or dramatic or athletic abilities.