with the ERB experts:
A: If you opted not to test during spring 2020, that's ok! You can pick up this spring and will simply have a gap in your achievement data. Schools that employed Milestones in the fall and/or winter were able to close this gap.
A: We do not advise switching CTP testing seasons for a single year, as that disrupts your ability to track trends over time.
Instead, a winter and/or spring Milestone Assessment will help bridge the gap in your assessment data and enable you to gauge your students' learning progress, including any coronavirus-related learning losses.
A: Yes! Both CTP and Milestones can be delivered to students at home. Full instructions can be found in the Comprehensives Portal, and our ERB Support group is always available to help.
Even for schools that have traditionally tested on paper, switching to CTP online for at-home (or in-school) testing is seamless and fast.
A: In addition to the usual norm comparisons, we have examined test data from 2020 to identify the slowing of learning momentum generally in independent schools.
Click here to see how your results might compare to those of other schools. We will update these analyses to include the spring 2021 testing season as data become available.
We are also working with our Technical Advisory Committee to create policies for how to adjust the norms we calculate based on students who tested during the pandemic, and, due to insufficient data, "froze" the norms for the spring 2021, which do not include the smaller-than-usual number of students who took the CTP.
A: The Reading Comprehension and Mathematics subtests of the Milestones program use the same scale and comparable test specifications to corresponding CTP5 subtests. Thus, Milestone norms are based on the same, large sample of students who took CTP over the past three years.
A: Yes. Our new data and reporting platform, ERB 360 Access, includes longitudinal reports that plot CTP and Milestones results on the same chart and drill into skill-level results for the same student on both exams. Roster reports also allow educators to see Milestones performance alongside CTP results in a single table.
A: There is significant value in sustaining your assessment program during this highly pandemic year. In the short run, it is critical to identify learning gaps so that you can meet students where they are today. Long run, preserving your longitudinal assessment data will enable you to see how learning disruptions presented by remote teaching, decreased classroom time, and other coronavirus-related challenges impact students' learning achievement down the line.
A: For schools seeking to maximize limited classroom time with students, ERB has implemented two innovations to reduce the tradeoff impacts between assessment and instruction:
(1) We have introduced Milestone Assessments, which are CTP-aligned formative assessments covering Mathematics and Reading Comprehension in 40-minute modules. For schools reticent about dedicating most of a school day to testing, Milestones may be a great option. More information here.
(2) CTP and Milestone Assessments can both be administered to students remotely, at home, as well as individually or in small groups. This gives educators more flexibility to design lesson plans around assessments, and use traditionally "off-hours" for assessment purposes. More information on at-home testing here.