Since School of Tomorrow material is individualized, staff must determine at what level in each subject every incoming student performs. The student transferring from a conventional school with grade-level classrooms to a school with the School of Tomorrow program is not assigned academic work on the basis of the grade from which he was promoted or on the basis of his age.
To determine the PACEs on which to start new students who have not been on School of Tomorrow curriculum, staff members should administer diagnostic tests in all core curriculum subjects. The results of these tests will indicate the performance level of each student.
Diagnostic Tests play an important role in the International School of Tomorrow program. They are prescribed to the newcomers. Testing is conducted for:
- 1. Those who are enrolled in the Pre-school or ABC class.
- 2. Those who are enrolled in any other class.
Those who enter the Pre-school or ABC class are to take specially-developed tests: Coordination Tests and Cognitive Tests. The results of the tests affect student’s enrollment into Grade 1.
Those who are enrolled in any other class are required to do diagnostic tests in different subjects which allow one to identify both their performance level and language skills.
Any transfer of a student to a higher level may take place only after completing a previous grade successfully. The minimum requirement is a 90% mastery of the educational material. It’s easy to convert scores in percentage to a traditional Russian scale of the marks used by any secondary school (95%-100%-excellent, 90%-94%-good). The work with parents is important in the system of the School of Tomorrow program. It’s vital when parents understand all the objectives and tasks of the program, its content and methodology.