By: Bill Day, Math Teacher; Mary Gornick, Business Manager; Bethany Jenkins, Third Grade Teacher; and Treena Wynter, Assistant Teacher

As teachers, we have the peculiar task of making ourselves unnecessary.  When students enter our classrooms, they need our help to meet grade-level goals.  When students ultimately leave our classrooms, they will have achieved independence on these goals and can reliably meet the expectation without teacher assistance.  Some of these goals are content related, such as creating mathematical representations or writing effectively.  These goals may be assessed through written quizzes or problem-based assessments.  Other goals pertain to the academic character of our student, such as working hard or cooperating with others.  These goals are tremendously important to the growth of students into compassionate, responsible adults, yet they are tricky to assess.