With ERB testing beginning next week (4/24), this posts contains information to help you prepare your student for the best possible testing environment. As a reminder, grades TK-1st do not take any ERB tests. The only impact from testing, on these classes, is a slight schedule change to allow for a quiet testing environment for grades 2-6.

What is the ERB/CTP4?

Trinity Academy utilizes a test called the Comprehensive Testing Program – 4th Edition (CTP4) created by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). This test is designed to collect basic information about students in key areas including listening, reading, vocabulary, writing, mathematics, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning.

What does this look like for my student?

For this test, we follow the protocols established by ERB for administering the test. There are multiple parts to the overall test which will be given over various days. Typically, students take 2-3 parts of the test each day with a break between each test; most parts have a provided testing time of between 30-60 minutes.

  • Monday is when 2nd grade completes a practice test and 3rd grade begins testing
  • Tuesday-Thursday are when 2nd-6th grade test each morning until around 11:00 AM
  • Friday, and early the following week, are used to complete a section by those who were tardy/absent.

What do I need to know as a parent?

  • Make sure your student arrives at school before 8:00 AM these days
    • If a class has started a test, your student cannot enter the classroom. They will remain in the front office until that test is completed; they will also need to make-up that missed test another day.
  • Avoid appointments or early checkouts before 11:00 AM
    • Except for emergencies, we do not want to have any student leave the classroom during the testing session.
    • If you will need to check your student out early, please notify the teacher in advance so they can have the student leave the room before a testing session begins.
    • If you do not provide advanced notice and check out your student, we will ask that you wait until the end of a testing session.
  • Encourage your student to do their best but avoid putting too much weight/emphasis on the test.
  • Enjoy the week of no homework (beyond sustained silent reading) but seek to avoid late nights so that your student receives plenty of rest.
  • Have your student drink water at home so that they remain hydrated.
  • Alert us to any changes or extenuating circumstances that may impact your child’s focus on the test (allergies particularly bad, family pet dies, etc.)
  • Prepare breakfast and pack snacks that:
    • Are high in protein or quality carbs
    • Avoid sugar/starch items (as that leads to an energy crash)
    • Whole grain, for example, is better than processed or white breads if possible

What is the purpose of this test/why does Trinity Academy use it?

There is value in having outside assessment data, when looking at our curriculum and class instruction. This enables us to identify strengths and weaknesses within our delivery of content and provides us with data for both individuals and groups. While we do receive individualized testing reports, Trinity Academy does not use these results as a final decision regarding promotion/retention. The information from these tests are most useful with large data sets as opposed to individual results. The individualized testing reports are sent home in late June or early July. Typically, these reports are mailed and parents are encouraged to scan a copy if they wish to retain an electronic copy.

Thank you for your help and support!

Matthew Breazeale
Lower School Head
Trinity Academy