Most of us have undergone a traditional school model wherein standardized and/or periodic tests are administered in order to gauge what we have learned.  
We do not believe - nor is there research based evidence that suggests - that standardized tests are an accurate measure of an individual’s learning and therefore we will not be giving neither tests nor grades as a means of assessment of a learner’s progress.  
Rather, in keeping with our mission statement of cooperative (non-competitive) learning, each child will be included in (two) semi-annual, guided self-reflective assessment processes.  A portfolio of the individual’s work, projects and literature will be kept and used as the primary tool by which the evaluation of progress and/or improvement is conducted.
The Village School has chosen to refrain from participation in national tests such as GLAT.  However, people who desire to sit the exam will be assisted to that end.