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Each spring, ACDS students in Third to Seventh Grade take the ERB Comprehensive Testing Program assessments. The ERB is a widely recognized test used by many independent schools all over the country and in public and international schools.
Testing takes place in the regular classroom, in the mornings only. Testing takes four days: Monday to Thursday. (Thursday is a makeup day for Third-Fifth Grades).
The ERB tests measure students’ progress in reading, verbal reasoning, and mathematics. We believe that a nationally normed assessment of student achievement and reasoning provides useful data for our school and for families who are interested in standardized test information. It is also useful practice for future testing experiences. Results will be posted on your student's secure mycountryday page in the summer; you'll receive an email when the results are available.
At ACDS, standardized tests are not "high stakes." This does not mean the ERBs are unimportant, but it does mean that we do not make major decisions based on a single test or score. We strongly discourage students and parents from engaging in any hype or frenzy around the testing process.
Children should be present each day and do their best, as always. No special snacks or preparations are required. Students who are absent will make up their tests another time. Students in Middle School can expect some light homework to be given during ERB/Play Week.
As in years past, students in Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades will take a "bubble" test, marking with pencils in answer sheets. For the first time, Middle School students will pilot the online version of the test.
Parents, please help prepare your children by ensuring they:
- get eight or more hours of sleep
- eat a healthy breakfast
- arrive to school by 8:00 a.m.
- bring a water bottle
- bring a book or journal to use if finished early
If you have any questions, please contact
For Third, Fourth, Fifth Grades: Jennifer Bohnen, Lower School
For Sixth, Seventh Grades: Brenda Stockdale, Middle School