Testing and Evaluation

The Winston School often uses the Woodcock Johnson Reading Mastery Test.  The testing is broken down into six sub-tests.
  • Word Identification - reading words in isolation
  • Word Attack - decoding nonsense words
  • Word Comprehension - antonyms, synonyms and analogies
  • Passage Comprehension - students provide a missing word to complete the meaning of a sentence or sentences
  • Listening - students answer a question based on hearing a passage
  • Fluency -  addresses rate and accuracy

Using this testing, in conjunction with a child's performance in class, enables teachers to properly set a child’s academic plan for the upcoming year.

The fifth and seventh grade students are tested in math using the KeyMath Diagnostic Assessment. The test is broken down into three sections, which in turn, consist of various subsets. The first section is basic concepts and it contains numeration, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability. The next section, operations, is made up of mental computation and estimation, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. The final grouping, called applications, includes foundations of problem solving and applied problem solving.

All students in grades six and seven take the Stanford Ten Achievement Test in the spring. The Tenth Edition of the Stanford battery provides updated content that reflects the national and state standards, curriculum and educational trends of the beginning of the twenty-first century. As with all testing, the results reflect how a student performed at that moment in time. Many factors can influence the outcome of such a test. Winston does not teach to the test in any way, although students are given some prior preparation. Additionally, the sessions are timed, according to the instructions given in the administration directions. The Stanford Ten does provide for extra time to accommodate those students who need that option.