Assessment is a part of any goal setting and achievement process, including learning. However, over-testing can consume valuable learning time; overreliance on standardized test data as a measure of schools and children fails to recognize important growth of the entire person, in mind, body, and spirit.
Each year, students in grades Kindergarten through two take the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (a short-form growth measure administered in fall, winter, and spring). Students in grades three through eight take Ohio's State Tests each spring.
Messiah students routinely earn high scores on these tests, exceeding state and national averages by significant margins.