January 25, 2017

Dear Parents,

From February 6 through 8, students in Grades 3-6 will be taking the CTP-IV tests (commonly referred to as the “ERBs”). Due to a community service opportunity, Grade 7 students will take the ERBs on February 6, 8 and 9. Many independent schools use this test to better understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of their curriculum and the growth of individual students. The ERBs assess student knowledge and skill in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as verbal and quantitative reasoning skills. You can read more about the tests and view sample questions here. At TPS, the test is primarily used to understand how we can better structure our curriculum and teaching methods to meet the needs of our students. It is also an opportunity for students to practice taking standardized tests and become confident in their test taking skills, in preparation for future standardized tests such as SSATs. 

Teachers are preparing students for the ERBs in class by reviewing test taking strategies, practicing multiple-choice questions, and using sample questions to familiarize students with these specific tests.

Students will be testing in the morning so please make sure your child arrives to school on time. We have done our best to keep the rest of their academic schedule as regular as possible but have had to make a few changes. 

The best and only assistance you should provide at home is to:
· Ensure your child gets a quality night’s sleep on Sunday through Tuesday nights.
· Ensure your child eats a healthy breakfast so that your child’s energy and focus are primed for the morning.
· Kindly and gently encourage your child to work thoughtfully by reading questions slowly, underlining/circling key parts of questions, and using blank space or extra paper to solve problems.

Testing can be a tiring and stressful experience for some students. We want all students to enter the testing confidently - knowing that they are rested, healthily fed, and that our expectations are only for their best effort and not perfection. Each of your children contributes meaningful strengths and qualities to our community. Standardized testing measures just a tiny sliver of what they do!

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