Dear K-6 Families,
RIght now, we are in our final week of CTP (Comprehensive Testing Program) standardized testing. The CTP Test is a rigorous assessment for students in grades 1-7 covering reading, listening, vocabulary, writing, and mathematics. Science, verbal, and quantitative reasoning subtests are part of the CTP beginning in third grade. The CTP helps our teachers assess content specific, curriculum-based performance alongside reasoning ability and conceptual knowledge. This assessment will also compare our students with other private schools across the nation.
This assessment is different from the public school standardized assessment. Most of our students would score high marks on any public school test. The CTP is typically more rigorous, and assesses a curriculum that students in public school haven’t typically been exposed to, yet.
For the K-6 division, the sub battery of tests will not determine whether or not a child advances to another grade level or be the sole determinant of how we create educational plans for each student. At the end of the school year, we will provide individual student reports to parents. We use the assessment to look at the overall performance as a grade level to determine if we see any gaps in learning and how we perform overall compared to other private schools in the nation. We typically do not disaggregate the data down to individual students, because we have found our informal and formal “day-to-day” assessments are better to determine how we differentiate within the classroom, rather than a rigorous “one-time test”. We do not teach to the standardized test. We mainly focus on our grade level national standards and our students’ needs to ensure they are learning in more practical and hands-on ways.
There is always a debate among educators if students should be exposed to standardized testing. We believe there should be a balance and our assessments should be natural within our learning environment. If students are exposed to practical uses of their new knowledge, this will help each child retain that knowledge in long-term memory. Our students will be able to use their new knowledge across different subjects and grade levels. So, as we receive scores back from the CTP assessment, please remember this test is one assessment of many different types. The true test is if our students can generalize and apply the knowledge they have learned over the course of different grade levels and subjects.
Head of K-6