Assessment is at the heart of the teaching and learning process. Sound assessments measure our students' success in achieving a clear set of standards. We strive to use a variety of assessments to build our students' confidence so that they achieve the learning outcomes that we set for them.

Assessing Academic Progress in Grade 6

The sixth grade report card at Mercy is a standards-based report card, differing significantly from the seventh to twelfth grade report card. In lieu of a traditional single number or letter grade for each class, teachers assess and report on each student’s progress on class-specific standards. Marks on the report cards are:

M (Minimal) – the student is having difficulty grasping the key concepts, processes and skills required of the standard
D (Developing) – the student is beginning to grasp and apply the key concepts, processes and skills required of the standard
P (Proficient) – the student grasps and applies the key concepts, processes, and skills required of the standard
E (Exemplary) –the student applies key concepts, processes, and skills required of the standard at a complex level

Teachers also include comments for each student in addition to the marks for the standards. These comments describe student strengths and areas of improvement not only for academic content, but also on “habits of the mind,” such as study skills, organization, participation in class, and homework completion. All in-class assessments (quizzes, tests, projects, etc.) are also assessed using the report card standards. Teachers of the exploratory classes (music, art, library skills) give only descriptive narrative feedback. The core sixth grade teachers give students this same descriptive narrative feedback on their end-of-the year final project, right on the report card.