academic performance

Each year, the upper elementary students take the IOWA exam.  For 4th and 5th year students, this is standardized test taking practice. Only the 6th year scores are passed along to middle school when the child graduates. The following are the MEAN (averaged) scores for our children in the eighth month of their 6th grade year. The numerals (8.9,7.2, etc) indicate academic grade level:

 
2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08
Vocab. 8.9 9.4 9.7 10.7 7.8 8.5 9.9
Reading Comp. 8.3 8.4 9.9 10.4 7.6 7.7 9.1
Spelling 8.6 7.2 8.3 9.5 8 5.6 6.9
Capitalization 10.8 9.5 8.8 10.7 7.2 5.8 7
Punctuation 10 8.1 10.2 10.9 8.8 6 7.4
Written Expression 9.5 10 10.4 11.2 7.6 8.5 9.5
Math Concepts 6.7 7.1 8.2 7.8 7.1 6.7 7.2
Math Prob. Solving ** 9 8.4 8.4 7.5 7.6 9
Math Computation 7.2 8.8 10 8.1 7.7 9.3 6.1
Social Studies 8.2 8.6 9.1 8.8 7.5 7.4 9
Science 9.9 10.6 11.6 11.5 8.9 8 10.2
Maps/Diagrams ** 9.2 9.8 10.4 9.2 8.8 9.9

When reading these scores, it is important to note that this is certainly not a complete measurement of intelligence or ability.  There are many aspects of the Montessori environment in general - and of the upper elementary classroom in particular - that focus on the social and emotional growth of the person, an area much more difficult to “test”.  It is also important to note that the above scores are the MEAN.  Last year, the top score in every category was 13+, indicating a college level of competence. 

Many former students and parents tell us that they really begin to see the “payoff” of their Montessori education once the children get to high school and college.  This is when the self-motivation, self-reliance, and social/emotional maturity of our students becomes even more evident and sets our students apart from others. 

** Due to changes in the format of the IOWA exam, these scores are no longer available.