Assessments at Podar Prep: An unique Approach to Child Development

Assessments at Podar Prep: An unique Approach to Child Development

Assessments at Podar Prep go beyond just academic performance!  So let’s know about a crucial aspect of our educational philosophy – our unique and innovative assessment framework known as PARAKH.

PARAKH is an acronym for ‘Progressive, Adaptive, Reflective, Analytical, Knowledge-driven, and Holistic’ assessments. This 360-degree multidimensional assessment approach enables us to comprehensively evaluate the progress and uniqueness of each child at Podar Prep.

At Podar Prep, we believe that the traditional methods of ranking, grading, and numbering children based on their performance do not accurately represent a child’s growth and development. Instead, we use a global assessment parameter that takes into account multiple dimensions of a child’s development, including cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth.

We use a wide range of assessment tools, including observations, anecdotal records, checklists, and child-friendly rubrics, to gather meaningful and authentic data about each child’s learning journey.

One of the essential features of our assessment process is the strong emphasis on parent-teacher collaboration. Throughout the year, we organize several Portfolio Meets and Learning Journey Assessments, which provide a platform for parents and teachers to come together and discuss a child’s progress.

 Our assessments are deeply inspired by the work of the renowned developmental psychologist Lev Vygotsky; the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), coined by him, pertains to the gap between a child’s ability to perform tasks independently versus their potential to accomplish them with assistance and guidance.

The Assessment Process at PODAR PREP:

  1. The teacher monitors each child’s progress in the 7 areas of EYFS assessments using the keys of Emerging, Developing, and Secure. At the end of each term, a checkpoint report is provided to parents summarizing the child’s learning assessment for that term.
  2. Teachers and parents collaborate to discuss these observations, identify learning priorities, and provide support for the child both at school and at home.
  3. Teachers create tailored learning opportunities for each child to facilitate their progress and development.

Our Final Words-

Our PARAKH assessment framework offers a holistic view of each child’s development, ensuring that every child receives the guidance and support they need to thrive. By fostering a collaborative environment between teachers and parents, we aim to create a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

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