Some are easier to measure than others.
If a child has had a good day at school, been happy and learned, it is a good result and a smile is a kind of measurement – an important one.
There are other ways to measure how well a school is doing. Of course, none tells the whole story, but each in its way tells part of the story.
We administer standard tests. We are not a government school and so we do not administer the SOLs. We administer Stanford 10 achievement tests. We have for years, and we have a consistently good results, well above the national averages. Not every student will get top scores, but our overall scores show that we help children to do their best.
We have been around long enough now to also have had a number of students take PSATs and SATs. These tests give us feedback. They are important for other reasons as well. SAT scores matter for college admissions and even financial aid offers. Once again, our scores show that we are helping our students to do their best.
Together these standard test scores tell another story as well. They show that our students do better the longer that they are with us.
An important measurement is whether or not our students are admitted into the schools that they want to attend. We work with our students to do well academically and build a strong transcript. For example, a number of our student have attended the American Legion sponsored Boy's State and Girl's State programs, a number have progressed in 4H and FCCLA competitions to regional, state, and national levels.
This year we established in our dining room our "yes" wall. There we hang the pennants of colleges that have said "yes" to our applicants.
It is not enough to get into a good college. Another important measurement is how our graduates do once in college. After 16 years of ministry, our graduates have gone on to find careers in their field of study, start families of their own, and actively join ministry in their local church.