Assessment and evaluation are integral parts of schooling. Teachers use a variety of formal, informal, formative, and summative assessments to measure student understanding in all classes. Assessments are designed to educate and improve individual student performance. To promote girls’ growth, JMSG meets each girl where she is and encourages her to push herself beyond what she currently has mastered.
The JMSG report card has narrative summaries instead of grades. The girls, families, and teachers focus on a deeper understanding of a girl’s progress by evaluating different elements of learning in a class and omitting traditional letter grades. Students shift from focusing on how to get good grades to taking ownership of their learning.
In addition to a nontraditional report card, the feedback is a conversation between a student and teachers. Girls engage in conversations about the learning process rather than a single outcome. Each girl reflects on what she has learned and receives feedback on how she can improve. The student and teacher check-ins precede student-led conferences and require that girls take ownership of their learning and demonstrate an understanding of their achievements and goals.
How do high schools interpret the JMSG report card?
Julia Morgan School for Girls maintains a strong reputation with the independent and parochial high schools in the Bay Area. These high schools are familiar with the detailed and in-depth approach of the JMSG report card. They value the fuller snapshot of each student, particularly in the admission process as schools seek students who are not only qualified academically but also contribute positively to their community.
"If assessment is to be a positive force in education, it must be implemented properly. It cannot be used to merely sort students or to criticize education. Its goals must be to improve education. Rather than 'teach to the test,' we must 'test what we teach.'"