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The ERB and What It Means
As we spring into May, Yorktown families will obtain the results from the CTP standardized test given by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). We value what these test scores represent; therefore, we feel it is important for parents to understand the purpose and importance of standardized testing at Yorktown. According to ERB guidelines, students are evaluated based on the traditional grade level that corresponds to the student’s age.
Yorktown students have the ability to avoid using state test scores as the primary means of assessing our curriculum. Instead, we are able to implement our “Do What You Love” school philosophy to help our teachers model the curriculum. We value your input along with the accreditation teams The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), which are accreditation divisions of AdvancED. In conjunction with these associations, we would also like to evaluate our effectiveness from assessments as well. So, we want the families of our Yorktown students to understand the scope of the ERB testing.
The testing does not measure your student’s executive skills, communication skills, collaborative skills, or innovation skills. These skills create an integral part of our core objectives: Respect, Responsibility, and Innovation. As we consider the results, we must take into account the results are not the only qualities for a successful Yorktown graduate.
ERB testing measures the components of your student’s verbal skills (skills involving words) as well as quantitative skills (skills involving numbers). As we assess these skills in a multitude of ways, the test also provides some feedback on the achievement in those areas.
Why We Use It
The test, displays a practical tool that helps with our assessments and helps foster students’ test-taking skills. Whether we like it or not, standardized assessments are necessary in the educational realm. These tests create an efficient way to produce data to compare students all over the world. The standardized test practice allows your students to develop test-taking strategies, such as pacing themselves, elimination techniques, lessening of test anxiety, and many more.
In addition to the assessment portion, Yorktown can use the results to align student achievement with the curriculum and help students practice standardized testing.
What We Use It For
We want parents and families to understand what the ERB test results measure, as well as what they don’t measure. We want you to feel confident that these test scores, do not analyze all learning aspects of your child’s abilities. Instead, the results are examined in combination with your child’s classroom performance, developmental learning path, as well as teacher and parent observations. Standardized testing illustrates indirect measurement tools to examine how a child performed on a set day and with a given set of questions.
By analyzing a series of tests that follow your students through several grades (1-3 and 3-6), we are able to measure students’ growth over time and evaluate their performance. It is impossible in two days of testing to decide all the strengths and weaknesses your child may possess, so we always consider the full scope of each student’s capacity.
The ERB results provide data to help us establish how our curriculum and philosophy supports our students’ learning. These results can guide us as we look into the verbal and mathematical curricular materials and the essential professional development.
Keep in mind that these results are not added into grades, used in place of classroom instruction, or considered when grouping children. We value more than just data at Yorktown, but we recognize the importance of long-term assessment for each student.