ERB Introduces Interim Testing Options for its Comprehensive Testing Program
New York, NY (January 30, 2020) — ERB announced today that it is launching new interim testing options for its Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) available for the Fall 2020 school year. The interim assessments will initially be available online for Grades 3-8. These new offerings can be administered as a complement to the summative CTP exam already given by many schools or taken independently up to three times per school year.
“The current state of educational technology allows for more frequent assessment touchpoints, which creates a better system for understanding the trajectory of student achievement and taking timely action to address their academic needs,” said ERB President Tom Rochon, Ph.D. “We are partnering closely with member schools to ensure that all of our assessments are easy to administer, connect to classroom instruction, and most importantly, provide actionable insights.”
As a complement to ERB’s time-tested Comprehensive Testing Program, the interim solution offers:
|Consistency: Leveraging the CTP independent school norms and standards many schools already use for easy, familiar score interpretation.|
|Flexibility: Reading and math tests administered in 40-minute modules per subject can be administered at various points during the school year—depending on what works best for each teacher and classroom.|
Timeliness: A new intuitive online portal provides educators access to student data and test results in real-time, making it easier than ever to track student progress.
—ERB President, Tom Rochon
A newly designed reporting platform will provide real-time dynamic, interactive, and shareable reports allowing users to maximize insight into student outcomes. A range of easy-to-use reports will support schools in making more data-informed decisions. Major features will include:
- Annual, multi-year, and multi-test-window reports on student performance, with the ability to compare against norms and project each student’s achievement path
- Standards mastery analyses, revealing each student’s skills and knowledge attainment
- School-level snapshots, allowing administrative users to quickly visualize overall performance at the group level
- Individual student profile comprising all current and past results
- Automated notifications and reminders of upcoming important dates and events
"Schools have told us they want additional data points during the school year on the knowledge and skill areas measured by the ERBs," said ERB Chief Program Officer Glenn Milewski, Ph.D. "Basically, they want a system of assessments that measures the same information, on the same scale using the same norms, but more frequently than what they are getting today. Using a consistent norm that teachers already understand also simplifies communicating with parents about student progress."
Common options for administering the ERB’s include:
Current members can order the interim options beginning in Spring 2020 by visiting ordering.erblearn.org.