At the Laboratory Schools, teachers assess students by
observing and interacting with them in the classroom, evaluating their
day-to-day classroom work and homework assignments, meeting with their parents,
and administering standardized tests.
Standardized testing at Lab is viewed as only part of the
profile of students; it gives teachers a snapshot of each child’s strengths and
difficulties. Standardized tests are designed to give a common measure of
students’ performance. Since standardized tests are given to large groups of
students throughout the country, a common standard of measure is derived. Lab
teachers and administrators may use this information to tell how well school
programs are succeeding or to learn more about the skills and abilities of individual
Grades 3 and 4, 6 and 8
The Comprehensive Testing Program
is an achievement test, designed to measure what students have
already learned in school. At Lab, we administer the electronic eCTP version of
the Electronic Records Bureau (ERB) test. Included are sub-tests in English
language arts, mathematics, and verbal and quantitative reasoning. Lab
administers the online eCTP to third, fourth, sixth, and eighth graders in the
fall or spring of the year.
--PRACTICE ACT TEST
The Retired ACT Test is a
curriculum-based achievement readiness test provided by Academic Approach. The achievement
tests measure students’ skills and abilities in English, mathematics, reading,
and science. This April, Academic Approach administers the practice ACT to students in grade ten.
Currently, the pencil and paper version of the test is administered.
Grades 10 and 11
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit
Scholarship Qualifying Test, the PSAT/NMSQT, is a program co-sponsored
by the College Board and the National Merit Corporation. The achievement test
measures students’ skills and abilities in critical reading, mathematical
problem- solving, and writing. In the fall of each year, Lab administers the
PSAT to students in grades ten and eleven. Currently, the pencil and paper
version of the test is administered.
For more information about these assessment and the 2011-2012
dates, please click on the lower, middle, or high school link on the right,
If you have
questions, contact Cecilia Mullon, Assessment Specialist Lower, Middle and High School, 773-834-1212.