The Transition to ERB CTP Online Standardized Testing
- The ERB is a not-for-profit member organization providing admission and achievement assessment as well as instructional services for PreK-Grade 12.
- Schools must apply for membership to the ERB.
- For over 85 years, ERB has provided rigorous and accurate assessments of student progress in meeting academic standards.
- ERB’s assessments are aligned to the latest challenging curriculum and learning standards such as the NCTM*, NCTE*, ILA*, and other standards.
- Close to 2,000 schools use ERB testing material
*NCTE: National Council of Teachers of English
*ILA:International Literacy Association
Why do we test students?
- Monitor student’s performance
- Look for student’s strengths & weaknesses
- Monitor school’s curriculum
Tests cannot measure a student's
- Study skills
- Organizational skills
- Collaborative skills
- Cooperation skills
- Communication skills
What makes up the CTP Online Test
He alerted parents to the fact that when schools switched to the ERB from the Stanford they might see their child’s scores dip slightly because the independent school norm group test higher.
What are norms?
Cornerstone will be using the following two norms:
National Norms or NN:
- For levels 3 through 10 for spring and fall test-takers
Independent School Norms or IN:
- Available for levels 1 through 10 for spring and fall test-takers
However, said Mr. Lasnetski, the IN group provides parents a true picture where their children fall when competing for top colleges and scholarships.
Mr. Lasnetski suggests parents save the scores from year to year as they are vertically scaled scores--that means you should be able to track and see your child’s scores rise each year.
How the CTP Online will work here at Cornerstone Prep
Adaptive form means the form adapts to your child. This is how it works: the first 20 questions of each section for every student are the same, then the form adapts to the ability of the student--easy to difficult, based on how the student performed in the first half. This reduces the student’s frustration--whether the questions were easy or difficult--and provides more accurate data as questions on level provide more accurate results.
One may wonder how the results are normed if all students answer different questions. The researchers at ERB have weighted each question and worked this out mathematically, so when the results are finalized, what the schools and parents receive are normed scores.
Also, if a student did poorly in the first half of the test, but improves in the second section, the adaptive form allows the student more difficult questions so that the student can scale up.
There are other benefits to the online testing also, and he listed three:
- One question per screen--no one gets confused and marks the wrong answer bubble.
- No bubbling issues at all.
- No need to dog-ear a page to return to a question--the computer reminds you to return to a question you skipped.
Reminders from Mrs. Borders
As a reminder, students will only be tested in the subject areas they take here at Cornerstone Prep. This is because Cornerstone Prep takes the information from the tests to monitor and access our curriculum. This assessment can only be done properly when the data received from these tests is correct. Testing students who are not in our classes skew our data and ERB cannot remove those students from the data.
Cornerstone Prep is excited about this transition and the benefits it offers all our students and parents. Our partnership with ERB promises to be a long and fulfilling one. The feedback from the CTP Online will allow Cornerstone to remain true to our mission of achieving academic excellence while partnering with parents.