May 7, 2019
Announcement About AABL and CPAA
After many years providing Pre-K and Kindergarten programs with data for admissions and progress monitoring, ERB will be ending the Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners (AABL) program as well as our offering of the Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) in July 2020. We believe that this full academic year transition provides schools with enough time to find alternative means of assessment for children 4-6 years old. During 2019-2020 we will not be accepting registrations for these assessments from member schools that have not used them previously.
Early childhood testing spans a wide range of rapid developmental milestones; as a result, many in the ERB membership and the larger educational community prefer not to administer standardized tests to groups of very young children. Reflecting these views, ERB plans instead to focus our organizational resources to more effectively serve school administrators and teachers, as well as students and their families in grades 1-10.
Beginning immediately, we are channeling our resources into providing greater insight to benefit students in grades 1-10 through our tests of reasoning and achievement in Math, English Language Arts, Writing, and social-emotional development. Our goal is to make it easy for administrators, teachers, parents, and students to fully understand the student as a learner and the school as a learning environment. In the near future, results of ERB assessments will be integrated in order to give a more complete picture of student growth over time and across multiple dimensions of development. This will enable teachers, parents, and students to get a more holistic picture than was previously possible.
We are excited about the road ahead and look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months.