Testing dominates the experience of students at other high schools, and the research is clear: tests and grades rarely improve learning and growth, but instead teach students to focus on short-term, externally-defined requirements. Quest Forward Learning offers an alternative that combines rigorous performance assessment with support for learning and growth.
Quest Forward Learning teachers assess students in 3 primary ways:
1. Engagement: Teachers observe each student’s engagement in all class periods. These scores are used as high-frequency, low-stakes impressions that help teachers and students improve the value of classroom time.
2. Artifacts: When students complete an artifact, their teachers evaluate it in four ways: learning, timeliness, effort, and support needed. The resulting scores are used to provide feedback to the student for targeted growth in specific areas, and focus on both the learning outcomes and on the learning process.
3. Skills: Teachers also assess a student’s competence on skills, demonstrated by the artifact. Skill competence is scored as Not Familiar, Familiar, Developing, Proficient, and Mastering.