Our basic assumption is that each child learns and develops at his or her own pace and, as a result, learning assessments, evaluations or measuring development should always be applied with a sense of proportion. Here, too, the focus of our work is on the child with his or her individual personality. In our school, assessments of children are made on an ongoing basis through observation and through the use of a range of strategies depending on their phase of development.
Our teachers document their students’ developmental and learning progress with class work, photos from the classroom, recommendations, as well as evaluations in order to track the development process closely and individually. We maintain a portfolio for the documentation of learning and our students are actively involved in drafting it. Our students learn right from the start that the portfolio documents their learning. They collect examples of their work voluntarily and learn how to articulate why this work in particular is important to them and what the examples demonstrate.
Our portfolio design also integrates student diaries recording progress in German. This documentation is required by the Berlin Senate. In order to be able to evaluate the development of all students in a structured manner, our teachers work with prescribed benchmarks. These benchmarks are based on scientifically-proven standards and outline basic skills and abilities. These evaluations are recorded in writing and documented on an on-going basis.
In addition, we also record the educational progress of each child in various subjects, as well as with regard to their social skills, in order to provide parents with advice during the transition to primary school. The demands on our students have been developed in agreement with teachers of the Early Learning Center and Primary School in order to prepare each child for entry to the first grade in the best way possible. These evaluations ensure individual support in cooperation with all teachers and the child’s parents. Our aim is to support the strengths of our students and to give each child the opportunity to realize his or her full potential.