What are the benefits of implementing interim assessments?
The central value of the program is to provide more informative feedback about student academic achievement and growth throughout the academic year using brief tests. The interim assessments allow schools to use student data to intervene and adjust instruction, addressing any gaps that would prevent students from achieving academic goals. Test content, standards, and norm reference groups are drawn from the same framework as the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP), which independent schools have relied on for decades.
When will the ERB interim assessments be available?
How much will the interim assessments cost?
Interim assessment pricing will depend on whether schools purchase exams a la carte or bundled with the summative CTP exam. To speak with an ERB member representative about pricing, fill out this form and a member of our team will follow up with you.
How long will the interim assessments take to administer?
Each subtest (Reading Comprehension and Mathematics) has a maximum administration time of 40 minutes, short enough to conclude testing in a single class period.
What subjects will the interim assessments cover?
Mathematics and Reading Comprehension.
Can the subjects be broken up or taken independently, or do they have to be tested together?
Each subject in an interim assessment can be taken independently. They do not need to be taken on the same day.
How many times per academic year are the interim assessments administered?
For each grade level from Grade 3 through 8, there is a complete, unique set of interim assessments for three academic seasons: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Most schools will want to have three points of data throughout the school year.
How are ERB interim assessments different from others on the market?
ERB interim assessments are aligned to NCTM/NCTE standards, making them state- and region-agnostic, unlike many “off the shelf” commercial assessment products. In addition, interim assessments offer norm-referenced score comparisons that are valuable to independent and public school markets. ERB interim assessments are built to the same standards and scoring procedures as the Mathematics and Reading Comprehension sections of the CTP, thus enabling schools to make additional use of their CTP data.
Do we need to use the CTP if we implement interim assessments?
The CTP remains a valuable, comprehensive, reliable option for getting a full picture of students’ academic achievement. The interim assessments were designed as a complement to allow schools and teachers to evaluate student progress throughout the year using brief, convenient testing events rather than waiting for a single testing period. Models that are recommended are: administering the CTP in the fall to set a benchmark and then monitoring progress throughout the year; or administering the interim assessments in the fall and winter with CTP in the spring as a true summative assessment.
Will the interim assessments link or align with the CTPs?
The interim assessments evaluate student skills and knowledge in the same academic domains as the CTP. Likewise, interim assessment scores are reported on the same CTP vertical score scale that is familiar to our members, allowing for easy tracking and comparison.
Are the interim assessments taken on paper or online?
Interim assessments are available online.
How quickly will we receive score reports after administering an interim assessment?
Because interim assessments are administered online, scores will be available to the schools almost immediately after the tests are complete.
Will score reports be available in the user portal on the ERB website?
A selection of popular CTP score reports will be available for interim assessment on the familiar CTP portal. All of the remaining analyses will be available on a newly designed, interactive reporting portal.
Will I be able to see how my students perform as a class or grade? Or will I only see individual student scores?
Teachers and administrators can access interim assessment results at the individual student, group (class and grade), and school level.
If we already use the CTP, are the interim assessments included?
Interim Assessments are not automatically included if you use CTP. There is a CTP + Interim offering or an Interim-Only offering. CTP will continue to be available as a standalone test. Flexible administration options include:
Where can I order interim assessments?
Interim assessments are available as new offerings in the Achievement program section of ERB’s website.
I have other questions about the interim assessments—who can I talk to?
Please fill out this very brief survey which will help us route your question to the appropriate staff.