Penn High School strives to graduate students with the ability to matriculate to higher education, post-secondary training, or to have the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. In order to adequately achieve this preparation, common assessments are designed to provide teachers with data about learning for each student.
Assessment happens in two formats at Penn, formative and summative. Formative assessments are given in every class, everyday, to inform teachers of a student's mastery level in the skills and content being practiced, and the data from formative assessments is used to guide instruction. Summative assessments are given throughout the year, typically at the end of units of learning or at the end of the semester term, in order to assess a student's level of mastery in the skills and content learned.