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Posted on Feb 13, 2011

The Future of ERB Testing at Gillispie

February 10, 2011

For a number of years, Gillispie has used an annual standardized test to gather one measure of progress of its Grades 2-6 students–the Comprehensive Testing Program 4 exam (CTP4) of the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). Mr. Bunyak’s visit to the ERB annual conference in November and subsequent study and conversations (including a January visit by ERB President David Clune) are leading us to fine-tune our use of ERB testing. The changes to come include: –Moving from spring to fall testing: the change from summative testing (at the end of the year) to formative testing (in October) will allow Gillispie faculty to assess each student’s level of content mastery by mid-October of each year; teachers can then pursue broad curricular planning and individualized strategies that will best meet the immediate needs of their classroom children. To be clear, Grades 2-5 students will not take the CTP4 this June; instead, returning Grades 3-6 students will take the CTP Online exam this fall (see the next point). –Moving from paper testing to online testing: this will give the School instantaenous access to scoring reports, some of which have been designed to highlight trends for teachers. In addition, the online testing is adaptive, which means students’ strengths and areas for growth will be more completely investigated during the exams. Grade 6 students will help us pilot online testing this June by taking the CTP Online exam. –Moving Grade 2 from one kind of testing to another: Grade 2 children will take a new test next October–the Children’s Progress Academic Assessment. This exam is much shorter than the CTP4, is adaptive, and can be given more than once during a year to assess students’ progress. To facilitate these changes, Gillispie is working closely with our regional ERB consultant, Lois Eha. Ms. Eha will be at Gillispie on Wednesday, April 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to hold a parent workshop about what parents can expect and how the changes will benefit instruction at Gillispie. In the meantime, please contact Mr. Bunyak with any questions about Gillispie’s use of ERB testing. Alison Fleming Head of School Steve Bunyak Assistant Head of School P.S. Some of you have been asking for more details about possible plans for late-start or early-release days during the next school year. Gillispie may have up to four early-release days next year (2:00 p.m. dismissal) to allow teachers to meet beginning at 2:30 p.m. If needed, children could remain on campus for an outdoor camp offering of sorts until 3-3:30 pick-up time.
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