The Christ School administers standardized testing in the spring to all students in grades 1-8. We use the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP Online), a test used by many other private schools. Grade levels will be testing only in the morning on specific days, per the schedule below. Classwork assignments and homework will be reduced during the testing days to alleviate any undue stress. Please help encourage your child in the hard work and learning they have shown throughout the year and that there is nothing more they need to do to prepare for this test.
CTP Online Assessment – General Testing Schedule:
2nd, 6th – 8th: April 13-15 (April 16 also for Algebra 1 and Geometry students)
1st, 3rd – 5th: April 20-22
How does TCS use standardized testing results?
The CTP is just one way that we measure student progress and the effectiveness of our curriculum resources. Standardized testing results provide us with distinct snapshots representing a child’s educational growth, and we use both the individual and group data to reflect and plan our day-to-day instruction and curriculum development. The CTP Online subject area tests align with our objectives (what we expect our students to know and be able to do) and yield useful results. Children and parents are encouraged not to stress unnecessarily over the results of the testing.
How can you help prepare your child?
Parents play an important role in helping children do well by making sure their child gets a good night’s sleep and has a nutritious breakfast. Here are some additional tips to help your children do their best:
Be sure students are on time each day. The classrooms are open at 7:45 a.m. and students are encouraged to use the window of time prior to chapel to settle in for the day. Children who rush into class at the last minute often feel less confident in successfully completing the tasks for the day.
Assure your child that he or she is very capable and well prepared; encourage them to give their best effort.
Students may need to remain quiet while others finish. Help your child select a good book to read when they are finished testing.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS: Remind your child to charge their Chromebook each night. They will be using their Chromebooks for testing and need a full battery charge. Students should bring their charger in case they need to use it during testing.
IMPORTANT NOTE: To ensure the integrity of the testing environment, students will not be admitted into the classrooms once testing has begun. Please ensure your child arrives at school on time. Any student who arrives after testing has begun will need to sit in the office and wait until a break in the testing session to join their class. The opportunity for make-up of missed tests is very limited. Our priority will be to provide make-up sessions for students who missed school due to a medical emergency or illness. All make-up tests will need to be completed during our testing window (April 12-22).
When will you receive your child’s CTP scores?
A copy of your child’s test scores will be sent home with the final report card the first week of June. We are glad to help with any questions regarding the score reports after you’ve received them.