Why are structured assessments important?
At Above Grade Level, we believe that an effective tutoring program should begin with an accurate assessment of your child's academic strengths and weaknesses. So, we provide a comprehensive assessment developed by professors at the University of California, Berkeley that is keyed to California State Standards for each grade level. This ensures that we can identify the areas where your child may have missed critical skills or needs special attention. The curriculum is structured to fill-in any gaps in prior learning so future success can be assured.
Unlike the assessments offered by many other tutoring companies, which they have developed themselves, the assessment we use was developed by experts in the field and keyed to the California State Standards that your child's school follows at each grade level. This gives us a detailed picture of how your child is doing in each of the areas that he or she will be expected to master in school. In fact, this is the same assessment used by over 30 school districts in California to assess student learning in their own programs.
This assessment has a value of $150, but we offer it free of charge so you can see precisely where your child's strengths and weaknesses are in areas such as math and reading. The assessment takes about 30-45 minutes and is taken by your child on-line at a time that best suits your family schedule. We then arrange for a free in-home consultation to discuss the results in detail with you. There is no cost or obligation for this consultation and whether you choose to arrange for tutoring for your child, or not, you will be much better informed about his or her learning needs.