Feedback and Testing
In the Middle School, the academic year is divided into three trimesters. Parents, teachers and students are in constant contact in person, via email or on the phone. More formal narrative reports are prepared each trimester in December, March and June. Students who are new to the Academy and students who experience a significant change in performance receive mid-trimester reports, as well. Parent Teacher Conference Days are held in December and March. The formal written reports are discussed on these conference days with the child, the child’s adviser and parent, and an end-of-year report is posted in June. Parents are always welcome to meet with teachers at a mutually agreed upon time.
Students in Grades 5-8 take a series of two standardized tests: the ERB CTP 4 and the WrAP tests. Middle School students are not required to take more than one full-period test on any one school day; see handbook for more details.
The CTP 4
The Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP 4) Test was developed for ERB (Educational Records Bureau) by Educational Testing Service to serve the needs of high-achieving students and schools that aspire to higher standards. CTP 4 is a rigorously designed series of assessments in reading, writing and mathematics developed to help educators collect critical educational data that answers the questions of administrators, teachers and parents about achievement. The CTP 4 provides percentile and stanine comparisons.
WrAP: The Writing Assessment Program
Developed in close collaboration with independent schools and Measurement, Inc., the WrAP stands apart from nearly every other available writing assessment. Unlike other instruments that provide only holistic scoring, the WrAP is scored analytically. Using a six-trait, six-point rubric and information is provided that can help target instruction for teachers in the area of writing. These raw scores are useful for developing student profiles and creating a writing program for students at all levels. In direct writing assessment, the student is asked to produce a piece of writing which is then evaluated by two readers. Besides evaluating a student’s knowledge of grammar and writing, a direct assessment can also determine how well the student can think, plan and use language to convey meaning.