Samples of student work will be assessed in a PORTFOLIO that is compiled by each student with varying degrees of teacher-input. The students, their teachers, and their peers will assess portfolio work samples against individual student goals and against rubrics to demonstrate growth over time. The purpose of rubric assessment is to recognize and value a range of multiple intelligences: verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, visual/spatial, bodily/kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic intelligence. Vienna Communications Charter School seeks to ask more than, “How smart is this child?” We ask, “How is this child smart?” Rubrics are designed to assess development of academic competencies.
At the end of each year, student progress will be assessed by a formal presentation of the students’ portfolios. The presentation will summarize each student’s accomplishments this year and will outline goals for next year. Additionally, the exhibition will include the technology or communications project that is interwoven into each grade’s curriculum: public speaking, dramatic performance, telecommunications, desktop publishing, television production and community internship. Since families and the local community are essential to the education process here at Vienna Communications Charter School, family and community members will participate with the teachers and the students in assessing the grade level exhibitions.
Traditional public school report cards evaluate students and their work against a set of standards and against other students. The result is a list of quantitative number grades or letter grades that can be further calculated to determine grade point average or class rank. Since the nature of instruction and assessment at Vienna Communications Charter School differs from that of traditional public schools, our report cards differ accordingly. Our quarterly report cards are a descriptive, qualitative summary of each student’s progress along a series of academic objectives. For example, the report card will show which math or writing objectives a student has mastered, or is developing, or is just beginning to explore. The rubric style format and the descriptive analysis will allow comments and feedback from the teachers, from the students, from the students’ families, and from the community partners when applicable.