Elementary School Testing Programs
The Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) is a computer adaptive assessment in early literacy and mathematics. The early childhood assessment allows teachers to plan recommended activities for enrichment and remediation. Teachers are able to identify student needs, differentiate instruction and help each child to succeed. This adaptive assessment allows us to understand what each student knows, what he or she is ready to learn next and how that learning can be supported, focused and tracked throughout the year in the early elementary grades. The test is given three times a year to students in Kindergarten – 2nd Grade.
Reading A-Z is a classroom assessment in which students read a benchmark passage or benchmark book and the teachers monitor the students utilizing a Running Record. Students must retell the text and take a short oral and written comprehension quiz to ascertain reading comprehension skills. Reading A-Z allows the teacher to assess reading behavior as students read from developmentally appropriate texts. Teachers utilize the Running Record to monitor reading behavior and progress from levels aa-Z. The test is given three times a year to students in Kindergarten – 2nd Grade in English and Kindergarten – 5th Grade in Spanish.
ERB (CTP 4)
The Educational Records Bureau (ERB) is a diagnostic instructional tool that has been used by high achieving independent schools since the 1970s. The CTP 4 is a standardized test in English. The ERB is a battery of tests designed to provide instructionally useful information about student performance in listening, reading, vocabulary, mathematics, verbal reasoning and mathematical reasoning. The test compares a student’s ability and how well the student is learning the curriculum for the grade level compared to other students of his or her age. Scores are presented in the various subtests as stanines and percentiles in comparison to the norm groups. The test is given to students in 1st - 5h Grades in the spring of each academic year.
Write Score is a formative writing assessment to assist us in identifying strengths and weaknesses in our Six Traits of Writing curriculum. Students must write an essay based on a narrative, expository or persuasive prompt. We analyze student essays in four major categories: focus, organization, support and conventions. The test is given to elementary students in 1st – 5th Grades in the spring of the academic year.
The Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) is a research-based, computer adaptive reading assessment that measures reading comprehension on the Lexile Framework for Reading. The SRI provides immediate data on the students’ reading level and growth over time. The SRI assists teachers in differentiating instruction and allows students to set personal reading goals. The SRI allows teachers to provide students with texts that offer an appropriate level of challenge, allowing students to grow to higher levels of achievement. The test is given to students in 3rd - 5th Grades three times during the academic year.
The Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) is a formative, computer adaptive mathematics assessment that defines what students know and can do by providing a Quantile Score. The SMI provides immediate data to help teachers differentiate math instruction and accelerate growth up to Algebra I. The program is aligned to the classroom math textbook and teachers are able to identify which foundational skills have been mastered and which skills need rebuilding. The test is given to students in 3rd - 5th Grades three times during the academic year.
Storytown Benchmark Assessment
Storytown Benchmark Assessment is a classroom assessment published by Harcourt, the company that publishes the textbook used for English Language Arts. The assessment is a criterion referenced test for baseline measurement. It is used to help teachers know the skill levels of their students and plan appropriate instruction. It allows teachers to monitor student progress throughout the year. The test is given at the beginning of the academic year to students in 4th and 5th Grades.
The PIENSE is an effective assessment tool to measure students’ academic and intellectual traits. It consists of four tests in Spanish: one skill-based and three that are knowledge-based; these are given on the same day. The Cognitive Skills test measures a student’s logical reasoning, while the knowledge-based tests cover the areas of Spanish Language, Math and English as a Second Language. The test is given to students in 5th Grade in the spring of each academic year.