The Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) is an assessment of students in grades 1-11 often administered at ERB-member schools in person or remotely, but it is also available for students being homeschooled. Results from the test are used both to inform teachers and parents of individual student needs as well as to help teachers and administrators make curriculum and classroom instruction decisions.
It is not one test, but rather a series of tests generally administered over several days or weeks. It covers reading, listening, vocabulary, writing, mathematics, and science. Beginning in 3rd Grade, verbal and quantitative reasoning subtests are included. While the majority of items are multiple-choice, the tests include some fill-in-the-blank and open-ended questions. The number of questions per section differs depending on the level of the test.
There are 10 levels; a different level is used with each grade from 1 to 11. Schools prepare their own testing schedule either in the Fall or Spring testing cycles.
The test can be administered in either a paper-pencil version (CTP-5) or a computer-based version (CTP Online or CTP At Home).
The CTP provides percentile and stanine comparisons to national, suburban public, independent school, and association norms. Reports such as the Individual Student Report, Class Roster, and Administrator’s Summary are available to help administrators and teachers identify students’ strengths and weaknesses. Parent reports are among the various report options available to schools. Like the ISEE, also published by the ERB, there is no wrong answer penalty on either of these assessments. Students are encouraged to answer every question.
Fall testing: September to February
Spring testing: March to August