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.






AABL Details

Transition Timeline  
May 7, 2019 - June 30, 2020 AABL Operations is available for current users.
August 2019 Student registration opens for current AABL schools.
June 30, 2020 Last day to administer AABL in schools.
August 31, 2020 Last day to download AABL scores.



Can a school that has not previously used AABL administer it during the 2019-20 year?

Unfortunately, we are not accepting new schools during the 2019-20 season.

My school is a current AABL user, can we administer the test through the fall?

Yes, you may administer the AABL onsite until June 30, 2020.

I have been told my child needs to take AABL in the 2019-20 academic year. Is ERB still providing the assessment and how to I register?

AABL will continue to be available through the 2019-20 school year to schools that are current users. Registration for the coming year will post at the beginning of August and can be found at You may want to confirm with the school to which you are applying that they will continue to require AABL for the 2019-20 year.

How long will AABL scores be available?

Schools and parents may access AABL scores through August 31, 2020 via the portal at

Will you be providing support for schools that need to download all AABL scores over time?

Yes, we will provide schools with access to past AABL scores through August 31, 2020 by requesting a data download at




CPAA Details

Transition Timeline  
May 7, 2019 to June 30, 2020 CPAA Operations is available for current users.
June 30, 2020 Last day to administer CPAA in schools.
September 30, 2020 Last day to download CPAA scores. See additional details below.



Can a school that has not previously used CPAA use it during the 2019-20 year?

Unfortunately, we are not accepting new schools during the 2019-2020 season.

My school is a CPAA user. What is the last day we can administer the CPAA?

The last day to administer CPAA is June 30, 2020.


Additional Details


CPAA partners whose license expires between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 can renew to complete testing for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Please use this information to plan for the end of the product availability and to allow time to review and purchase a replacement assessment.




All CPAA score data will be available for exiting partners, upon request, through September 30, 2020. The central reporting outcome of each CPAA test event is the performance level scores and associated scale scores for each of 3-4 domains within early literacy and mathematics. A .csv file containing all such data, for all students, over the requested time period is available upon request. Data delivery will be supported through September 30, 2020.


Only CPAA Coordinators can request and retrieve a data export. It is recommended that partners make a single request for archival data after concluding testing in their final test season. Coordinators can request the data export from ERB's partners at NWEA by contacting Partner Support by phone at 1-877-469-3287 or by email at


Development/Maintenance/End of Support

While no new development is planned at this time, maintenance fixes will be made if needed through June 30, 2020.


Thank you for your partnership and use of CPAA over the years! If you
have product questions, contact your ERB representative or your NWEA account manager.