The mid-year K-3 Assessment Day is Tuesday, January 22, 2019, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This will not be a typical school day for grades K-3. Instead, please bring your K-3 children to school only within the time slot in which they will be assessed for reading.
According to the Colorado READ Act, all K-3rd grade teachers must assess all students three times a year for reading comprehension skills. This assessment takes about 15-20 minutes for each child and must be administered individually by the class teacher or reading specialist.
Please sign-up with your K-3 class teacher for an assessment time slot on Tuesday, January 22 if you haven’t already. This is not a typical school day, and your child will only need to be here for the duration of his/her testing time slot.
Please plan for your child’s drop-off and pick-up during Assessment Day so that the classroom and hallway spaces are calm and quiet. Thank you for your support. For more information, go to: http://www.cde.state.co.us/coloradoliteracy/generalinfo-parents.
How Does Assessment Relate to the Waldorf Curriculum?
Reading comprehension requires a basic foundation of language skills, especially speaking, listening, and writing. Waldorf teachers in Kindergarten and first grade emphasize oral and aural (speaking and listening) aspects of language learning, and on teaching writing prior to reading.
It makes sense that in order to read words, children must first learn to speak, listen to, and understand the meaning of words. It also makes sense that children first learn to create letters and words with their own hands before they decode written letters and words created by others. Because we emphasize these foundations in Kindergarten and first grade, children in Waldorf schools tend to learn to read at a somewhat later age than is the norm in education today.
Mountain Song Community School is a public, tuition-free school funded by Colorado tax-payers. We have an obligation to follow state education laws, which include these assessments and follow-up plans.
We do not expect our K-1 children to necessarily excel in reading, because we focus on the oral, aural, and writing aspects first. That said, we do expect our children to catch up and even exceed average reading abilities in following years because of the strong foundations we lay. These assessments, therefore, provide us the data to show these trends over the grades and growth over the years. Please help us document the strengths of our approach by fully participating in and supporting our Assessment Day.
If you have any questions, please contact your class teacher or Dr. Woods, the MSCS Principal.