ERBs Are Being Eliminated!

On Monday, June 8, TESD School Board will vote to eliminate ERB CTP testing for the 2020-21 school year. Following the challenging semester of distance learning, we are in need of a way to ensure our students are on track academically and to evaluate our curriculum.

We urge you to email the board before 6:00 PM tomorrow to ask them not to eliminate this important assessment! Your voice is essential.

Emails can be sent to Comments must reference Priority Discussion topic Final Adoption of the 2020-21 Budget and must be received before 6:00 PM on Monday, June 8. Make sure you include your name and township of residence.


What is the ERB?

A low-stress norm-referenced test that shows how TESD’s kids are performing in grades 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8.

The ERB is the only test of its kind in TESD.

  • TESD doesn’t have any other tests that give grade level snapshots of students’ progress in reading and math.

  • The all-inclusive reporting tools make instructional decisions quick and easy for administrators and teachers, and clear for parents.

TESD has used the ERBs for decades to:

  • Identify students who need extra help in reading and math;

  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of TESD’s curriculum;

  • Compare the performance of TESD students to their district peers and peers in other high-achieving schools.

Administration of the ERBs can be flexible:

  • Location - they can be given at home or in school;

  • Time - they have long testing windows and only three weeks of black-out dates;

  • Method - students can take them with paper and pencil, or online.

Turnaround for scoring the ERBs and accessing the results is quick or even immediate:

  • TESD teachers can hand-score the test for students who they know are struggling;

  • If the test is given online, results are immediate.

Why are ERBs important?

If students return to school in September, they will have been out of school for 5 months. Experts are calling this the COVID-slide.

  • Instruction and assessment were not consistent during pandemic distance learning.

  • Very few (as little as 3) assignments were turned in for elementary students. There was little, if any, in-person instruction, feedback, or assessment.

The ERBs are essential in TESD to identify possible COVID-19 related learning and instructional gaps.

TESD does not have other consistent diagnostic district data to identify the impact of COVID-19.

  • TESD does not have math benchmarks.

  • TESD does not have writing benchmarks.

  • TESD did not give reading benchmarks this spring.

  • PSSAs were not given because of COVID-19.

TESD administrators and teachers are discussing if and how to replace the ERBs, but have not committed to a plan. Without a comprehensive assessment plan, the District cannot ensure a thorough analysis of student needs can be completed next fall. Read more about assessment planning during COVID-19 here.

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