How does City School evaluate its academic program?
Standardized tests scores are not the only means by which we value and evaluate a City School education, but such information is helpful to determine our curricular strengths and shortcomings, and guide our instructional decisions. Each year our 1st-6th grade students participate in standardized tests written by the Educational Records Bureau, commonly referred to as the ERB Exams.
What do the ERB Exams assess?
The exams are divided into two categories:
- achievement tests, which assess knowledge &
- reasoning tests, which assess problem solving skills
Why does City School use the ERB exams?
- Evaluate instruction and curriculum to inform academic decisions
- Monitor learning over time to ensure students meet the expected growth rate
- Provide narrowed academic information to identify why a student may struggle in one particular area
- Compare City School’s academic program to that of other private schools
How are City School students doing academically?
In the years since we began administering the exams (2008), our students consistently exceed (by large margins!) the expected yearly growth rate in mathematics and are right on track in reading comprehension. In other words, relative to students at other private schools, our students are gaining more knowledge and skills in math each year, and are on pace in language arts. Keep in mind that most schools participating in the ERB exams are elite private schools all across the country.