As we look ahead to our scheduled testing that will take place for all students in grades 3-8 this month, we wanted to provide you with some additional details. Salisbury Academy uses the ERB (Educational Records Bureau) to provide level-appropriate assessments of student progress in meeting essential academic standards. Salisbury Academy uses the ERB because we believe it is the most respected and most rigorous standardized testing program used by leading independent and public schools across the country.
Salisbury Academy students take the ERB's CTP5-Comprehensive Testing Program. This is a reasoning/achievement test battery that is designed to measure learning. Salisbury Academy uses results from the ERB to evaluate our curriculum, to review the progress of whole classes, and to monitor individual student progress.
This test is administered over a five-day period and typically takes an hour or so each day. The testing period each day is scheduled for 8:15-10 a.m. After that time, a normal school day is resumed. Students in grades 6-8 will test the week of April 8-12 and students in grades 3-5 will test the week of April 15-18.
Here are some tips for parents to help their children during the ERB testing week:
1 - Ensure students get a good night's sleep.
2 - Make sure students eat a healthy breakfast before school to nourish the body and brain.
3 - Keep to a schedule and routine during ERB week.
4 - Be on time to school! Students should arrive with plenty of time to get into "school mode" before taking the test.
5 - Encourage your child to put forth their effort without over-stressing the child.
6 - The ERB's are not an assessment you can study for, so don't try to study extra for the tests.
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