We believe in the importance of familiarizing our students with the process of formal test taking. To that end, we administer standardized testing each spring (for approximately 4–5 days), in the form of the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP), which is developed by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB)
. Tests are administered to students in Grades 3 through 6. Grade 3 also takes the math portion of the CTP in the fall.
Comprehensive standardized assessments
give us a snapshot of students’ academic progress as measured by quantitative indicators. The process also familiarizes students with the idea that standardized testing is an integral aspect of their educational experience; it's another opportunity to display what they've learned. Furthermore, the ERB is a bridge to the Independent School Entrance Exam which is a core component of any child's application to Middle School
It is important for our students and our families to understand what standardized tests are not: they do not predict success in life; they do not measure loyalty, kindness, or the ability to benefit from or contribute to a community; they do not offer a profile of a student as a learner over time. Our Parent Conferences, reports, and portfolios provide that essential information. These tests are a “snapshot”—in Kingsley’s case, a snapshot of a child at a specific point in their year. The results are valuable in the way they help us to see measurable areas of strength and measurable challenges.