Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Education, Montessori

First Advisor

Amanda Perna


Montessori Elementary Education


Abstract The intent of this research was to create more authentic Montessori-based assessments for third grade math that aligned to the South Carolina State Standards and to meet the needs of data collection for our school and district. The research study took place in two lower elementary Montessori classrooms within a public Montessori school setting. Combined there were seventeen eight to nine year olds, with five males and twelve females. Each child came from different socioeconomic status and from diverse racial backgrounds, including African American, Caucasian, and East Indian. The five sources of data collection used in this research included: math portfolio, student feedback, parent feedback, colleague feedback, and a checklist of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and materials. The results showed that students were able to better demonstrate mastery of CCSS through Montessori materials in comparison to district provided assessments. In conclusion, it is better to assess students on an individual, developmentally appropriate level and not just a summative assessment.