During the week of testing (April 22-25), students in grades 3-5 will take the ERB test.
To minimize anxiety, all teachers will provide sample testing to allow for practice. Parents are asked to make sure that children get a good night’s sleep each night and a healthy breakfast. We would appreciate your support by avoiding late arrivals and early dismissals due to appointments and/or lessons.
ERB (Educational Records Bureau) is a global educational services provider that produces achievement tests. The CTP4 test (Comprehensive Testing Program 4) is common among independent, public, faith-based, and boarding schools, and is recommended by SAIS, our accrediting body. The purpose of the CTP is two-fold. It provides extra information about students in order to better meet their needs and serves as a means to evaluate a school’s performance.
In June, enclosed with a child’s final report card, parents will find results from the ERB. This will provide some helpful information about your child’s individual performance compared to other students across the country, in the same grade, who were tested at the same time of the year.
Standardized tests provide us with helpful information about student progress and academic programs, but they are not necessarily aligned with our curriculum. This means that skills and concepts that are covered on the standardized tests may not have been taught yet in the classroom. The better overall measurement of student achievement is the on-going feedback classroom teachers provide throughout the entire school year based on classroom observations, daily work, homework, projects, and tests.