It is our practice at Camellia Waldorf School to have our students participate in standardized testing during their seventh and eighth grade years. The Terra Nova testing is introduced to give our children an experience with standardized assessment as part of their preparation for high school. In addition, some local private schools and specialized programs at public schools require these test results as part of their admission process.
The Terra Nova tests are graded independently and compare students on a national level. We receive a variety of test results, including individual scores, a composite class report, and a summary of pedagogical areas and scores. At Camellia Waldorf School, our students consistently score at least two to three years above grade level.
The expected Grade Mean Equivalent (GME) for eighth graders taking these tests in February would be expressed as 8.7, indicating the seventh month of the eighth grade year. A GME of 11.3 indicates performance like an eleventh grade student in the third month of the school year. A GME of 12.4 indicates performance like a twelfth grade student in the fourth month of school.
As a class, Camellia Waldorf School’s 8th graders attained the following GME scores in February 2016:
Language Arts 13.0
Social Studies 12.4