Frequently Asked Questions
1. How are students held accountable?
All student work is held to high standards. The evidence of standards mastery is presented in live public exhibitions of students’ work held twice a year. There is tremendous incentive to do one’s best work when one must publicly stand by the work and be held accountable by many as opposed to a single teacher.
2. What is your testing policy?
Research abounds that the retention of learning is far greater when one actively wrestles with solving problems as opposed to being shown how to solve the problem, memorizing and then regurgitating the solution. Therefore, traditional written “tests” of learning are not common at Pathways High. As a public high school, we are required by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and UW-Milwaukee, our charter authorizer, to administer certain standardized tests, including MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) and ACT/Aspire.
3. Do students have homework?
As a project based learning model it would be unusual for students to have significant homework beyond reading. However, if students do not manage their time effectively they may have work that needs to be done outside of school hours in order to meet seminar deadlines.