Montessori and Testing

Montessori and Testing


Students at Stonecreek are high achievers. While we do not focus on testing or “teaching to the test,” Stonecreek students fare well on them. In our 3 years, students at Stonecreek have performed on average 2.7 points above grade level on standardized tests. Almost 65% of students in grades 6 – 10 produce test scores that are post-high school levels. For the whole school, 63% of students are performing at least 2 grades above grade level.

These strong test results aren’t just because Stonecreek attracts top students or because we do a lot of test preparation; Stonecreek also does a good job helping educate students to learn and grow in all areas.  In the last year, students who were continuing at Stonecreek and who retook standardized tests jumped an average of 7 percentile ranks and 1.7 grade levels.  This was after similar jumps (5.1 percentile rank and 1.4 grade level) occurred in 2014 to 2015.  Ceiling effect can be a real issue of demonstrating student growth, in which students who score at high levels cannot increase their score. Such students do not add to Stonecreek’s growth scores, having already reached the maximum measure the test scales allow. Students continue to grow at rates well above simple grade level growth; they outpace that growth by a great deal thanks to their education at Stonecreek.

None of this comes without excellent teaching, but also without excellent students. Stonecreek students are intrinsically motivated to learn. While some who came to Stonecreek originally may have had difficulty in this area, check out our parent and student testimonials to learn more firsthand about how Stonecreek can impact your child.