Why the ERB?
The Grosse Pointe Academy administers the CTP 4 standardized test administered by the Education Records Bureau (ERB). This intentional choice not to align with the Common Core and administer the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) stems from our belief that MEAP tests are neither broad enough nor do they compare our students to a similar population of high-achieving students.
The ERB’s CTP 4 test aligns with our whole child approach instead of rote standardized testing (i.e., “teaching to the test”) approach. By benchmarking our students against students at other elite independent schools, we are able to more adequately measure our students’ acumen and understanding of material.
In short, we consider the Academy’s education amongst the best in the nation and we choose to measure our students accordingly. Students in grades 2-8 achieve national norms on superior test
How does taking the ERB benefit The Grosse Pointe Academy?
- Students who place in the top percentiles may be eligible for university-sponsored gifted and talented programs, such as the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS)
- Academy students are at a distinct advantage when competing for high school admission or scholarships to elite independent schools
- The structure and difficulty of tests prepares students for college entrance exams such as the SAT or ACT
- High scores help faculty members identify students who can benefit from a more challenging curriculum, usually at a higher grade level
- ERB scores enhance our understanding of each student’s specific needs
- Reviewing trends across curricular areas allows faculty and administrators to evaluate the curriculum as a whole, identifying areas of strength, as well as opportunities to offer additional challenges
What does the Academy do with the results?
ERB data is instrumental to the Academy’s approach to curriculum, instruction and resources.
The administration has first access to the data. They initially look for overall trends, such as how well each grade is performing. In grades 4 to 8, both reasoning and achievement measures are available. The comparison of these two is extremely important and informs us if students, as a group, are performing up to their ability.
The next step in our analytical process is to go over the results grade by grade in a more detailed manner, alongside teachers. The effectiveness of our curriculum is analyzed, strengths identified, areas of concerns discussed, and, if warranted, adjustments made.
Finally, we analyze the data on an individual student level. In grades 4 to 8, this is somewhat easier because we can compare reasoning with achievement. Students who have discrepancies between reasoning and achievement are identified and the data is analyzed to give insights as to why this has happened. These insights may then lead to modifications in an individual student’s program.
The Grosse Pointe Academy believes that the ERB best supports our philosophy of educating the whole child. This testing framework gives us the independence we need to both provide a rigorous curriculum that sets high expectations of individual achievement – and individualize our approach for each child.