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#71974 - 03/19/10 10:27 PM CTP 4 : Anyone have any info on this test?
Exo Offline
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Registered: 08/12/09
Posts: 17
It was developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). A google search offers some info but it is used as a testing standard for a number of private schools. The school our child attends uses this test and it seems to have a lot of weight attached to it. I was curious if it was really a comprehensive test or if it was just local hype.

TIA for any info!

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#71992 - 03/20/10 05:16 AM Re: CTP 4 : Anyone have any info on this test? [Re: Exo]
Gatorgirl Offline
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Registered: 07/10/08
Posts: 82
Our school uses this test also. They just switched to it a few years ago from the Stanford 10. I don't think it is much different from any other grade level standardized test. Sorry I don't have more info.

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#72003 - 03/20/10 07:07 AM Re: CTP 4 : Anyone have any info on this test? [Re: Gatorgirl]
delbows Offline
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Registered: 04/25/06
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I found this as a word doc. Is the private school entrance test that you refer the ISEE (also by ERB) rather than this test? The ISEE is more widely used in my area for private schools than the SSAT.
Quote:
CTP 4: Grades 2 - 11 Comprehensive Testing Program

What is CTP 4?
Developed for ERB by Educational Testing Service to serve the needs of high achieving students and schools that aspire to higher standards, CTP 4 is a rigorous test battery designed to collect basic information about student achievement. When used in conjunction with comprehensive and accessible score reporting systems, data are organized to answer the important questions of teachers, administrators, and parents about student performance in key areas of school achievement.

Program Highlights & Features
The Comprehensive Testing Program, or 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.
CTP comprises ten levels that span grades 1 through 11.

FAQ

What is the test schedule?
The test is administered once a year, in the beginning of the first semester. Since the program consists of various assessments in reading, writing, and mathematic, the testing time would be spread out evenly in 5 days so as not to affect the performance of students.

Can I order sample tests?
No, the CTP 4 is a secured test. Since the same forms of the test are used by schools each year, the security of the test is very important. The test is not allowed to be released to the public.

How should my student prepare for the CTP 4?
This test is designed as a ďlow-stakesĒ exam, the purpose of which is to test what a student knows at a given point in time, in order to identify strengths and weaknesses. It is intended to help teachers and administrators make decisions about classroom instruction. As such, there are no preparatory materials available for it. This makes the test a more accurate reflection of the studentís knowledge, and makes it a better diagnostic tool

Does ERB construct the test?
CTP 4 was developed for ERB by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey.

What kind of a test is CTP 4?
CTP 4 is not one test, but a battery consisting of a series of multiple-choice and open-ended question tests administered to groups of students over the course of several days, either in the spring or the fall. CTP 4 has 10 levels; a different level is used with each grade from 1 through 11. Students in the early grades take the test under untimed conditions and mark their answers in the test booklet. Students in the middle and upper grades take CTP 4 under timed conditions and mark their answers on a separate answer sheet. The time limits are generous, and all but a few students are able to complete the test in the time allowed. There is also an option for schools to include open-ended reading comprehension and mathematics questions in the test that provides for full, partial, or no credit.

What does the test measure?
All 10 levels of CTP 4 include achievement tests that measure what the student has learned in the areas of reading and mathematics. In addition, levels 1 and 2 test word analysis and listening skills. Beginning with level 3 (introduced in the spring of grade 3) there are also tests that measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, certain kinds of writing skills, and vocabulary.

Why is it necessary to have two reasoning tests in addition to the achievement tests?
In general, achievement tests, such as vocabulary, reading comprehension, and mathematics, measure mastery of skills and knowledge acquired directly from instruction in the classroom. Questions in the reasoning tests, intended to describe the studentís facility with subtle, abstract relationships expressed in words or numbers, yield measures of his or her ability to recognize logical relationships in unfamiliar contexts. Having both reasoning and achievement tests in the same battery enables the school to compare the results as a guide in working with individual students. Taken together, these scores help determine if a student is working up to potential or falling behind.

How accurate are the scores on CTP 4?
The scores on CTP 4 are more than accurate enough to be useful, but no test measures perfectly. Test scores are subject to error in part because many factors affect a studentís test performance, including motivation, energy, level of concentration, and understanding of directions. Moreover, the test questions are merely samples of all the questions that might be asked about a particular subject.
Accordingly, several consecutive years of test results usually provide a better estimate of a studentís knowledge and abilities than the scores obtained in any one year. The CTP 4 provides schools with data to access patterns or trends in student achievement within and across grades.

Is CTP 4 fair to all students, or are some at a disadvantage because of race or gender?
Fairness is something that was given careful attention in the development of CTP 4. Editors and others specially trained to identify bias in text or illustrations reviewed each CTP 4 question to ensure that it would not offend or be unfair to members of minority groups or either gender. In addition, statistical tests were performed to determine for each question whether significant differences existed between the performance of girls and boys. Any questions that were flagged as a result of these tests were again reviewed and, when necessary, changed before CTP 4 was released for use.

What if I have trouble understanding reports that are sent home?
Many of the score reports for parents, teachers, and administrators have been redesigned to make them easier to read and understand. We believe that the CTP 4 parent reports are especially good in this respect. But even so, we strongly urge parents to meet with school personnel. They will be pleased to assist you in interpreting test results. A school conference affords the best means of learning how your son or daughter is doing in school, and how you may be able to help him or her do even better.

Fee
The test is compulsory for every student in the bilingual department. Certain fee are collected from the students to cover the cost of scoring service. The fee is estimated to be less than US$ 20 dollars. Lower level students are expected to pay more since the test booklets for the levels are consumable.

Reference:
Educational Records Bureau, website: http://www.erbtest.org/


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#72023 - 03/20/10 10:09 AM Re: CTP 4 : Anyone have any info on this test? [Re: Exo]
twomoose Offline
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Registered: 09/05/08
Posts: 127
Our school uses CTP 4. Supposedly, it is designed for "high performing" schools, and is thought to be more challenging than ITSB. There's a layperson's interpretation of the differences in this article from a district in New Jersey that switched to CTP4.

http://newstranscript.gmnews.com/news/20...eding_work.html

The example given here is that ITBS asks for the next number in a sequence. CTP4 asks "which of the following is not part of the sequence." There is a little more abstraction I guess, and from a grade-schooler's perspective, it's supposedly more challenging.

i know of one public school system that switched from ITBS to CTP4. Their mean scores were way above average on the ITBS, and dropped below the 50th percentile for national norms on the CTP4.

The CTP4 scores are reported both as a percentile of national norms and as either private, urban or suburban schools (or something like that - don't quote me).

There are verbal and math sections, and I think a writing section starting at a certain grade level IIRC. I would think your school could give you more info.

Hope that helps.

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#72113 - 03/21/10 09:28 AM Re: CTP 4 : Anyone have any info on this test? [Re: delbows]
Exo Offline
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Registered: 08/12/09
Posts: 17
Thanks for the responses.

Originally Posted By: delbows
Is the private school entrance test that you refer the ISEE (also by ERB) rather than this test? The ISEE is more widely used in my area for private schools than the SSAT.


It's the CTP 4 I was referring to that they use to test achievement of current students though I believe they also use the ISEE for entrance. The school does not offer gifted programming. They claim to use these tests as a first measure in identifying children who may need more individualized work, though they are administered toward the end of the school year. The school itself places a very high value on these tests.

I've been trying to find out if the tests are really worth anything other then determining how the school is doing globally. We are parents though who don't typically put much weight in these types of tests though so there's an immediate discrepancy there between us and the school.

Thanks for the info!

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