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Test Scores and Montessori Education

Starting a Montessori school takes a lot of preparation, so you probably have a lot of questions. Some of the most common questions asked by educators and parents involve testing. What kind of testing is required? How well do Montessori students perform when compared to other children? We will answer these questions and more.

Montessori students and standardized testing

Not all Montessori schools are required to administer the same standardized tests as required in public schools. Some public Montessori schools administer these tests, others do not. Some private Montessori schools also participate in standardized testing, especially if these tests are required by the schools into which their students will transition.
As for scoring, studies show that children who attend or had attended a Montessori school perform as well or better than non-Montessori students.

Montessori students who transition to public school

Some Montessori schools offer education for preschool and elementary children only. These students are usually very well prepared for standardized testing. Studies show these children are very successful academically and socially after transitioning from a Montessori school when compared to children with other early education backgrounds. These studies show more creative writing skills, higher math test scores, and a greater ability to handle difficult social situations.

SAT scores and college acceptance rates

Montessori schools typically report that their students are accepted into the colleges of their choice. This is true for a number of reasons, such as impressive social and community achievements and exemplary essay writing. Montessori students also perform very well on SAT’s, often out-shining students without Montessori background.

Research involving Montessori student test scores is ongoing. All children are skilled in different ways, and as with all forms of education; some will have more difficulty than others. One thing fairly consistent in Montessori students that cannot be measured, is their strong social skills, a positive determined attitude, and confidence for tackling obstacles in life. For these reasons, Montessori students are often very successful, because they have the inner tools and desire for achievement.

September 2nd, 2016

Posted In: Benefits of the Montessori Method