Dear Parents of Students in Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
Starting Wednesday, April 20 until Friday, May 6, students in grades 3 – 8 will take a standardized external assessment called the CTP (Comprehensive Testing Program).
The CTP is a set of timed standardized tests that focus on mathematics and literacy (reading, writing, and vocabulary). Before the test date, students will complete practice questions in class to see how the CTP looks.
Students take the assessments over several days. Your child’s teacher will provide a detailed schedule of when your child will take which test.
Please note that we are required to give the CTP in person. It is not possible to take the test online or from home if your child is not able to take the test on campus. There will be make-up opportunities, however, if your child is absent from those as well, they will not be tested and cannot receive a CTP score this year.
Your child does not need to prepare for the CTP at home other than to get a good night’s sleep the night before and have a healthy breakfast.
The results for students who have taken the CTP will be emailed to parents on May 11.
Why External Assessments?
External assessments have two primary purposes: to provide parents with additional information about their child’s learning. And second, to provide the school with essential insights into student learning, which we use to evaluate and further enhance our programs.
As a school, we have used the CTP since 2018, except for 2020 (due to virtual school).
May 12 – Parent Session “Understanding Your Child’s CTP Results”
Tuesday, May 12 at 8:30 am, we will hold a parent session to explain how you understand your child’s CTP results. We will send a reminder, but you can also bookmark this Zoom link, “Understanding Your Child’s CTP Results.”
The overall SSIS CTP results will be discussed later this Fall as part of our review of student achievement.
If you have any questions regarding the CTP or external assessments, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s principal or me.
Associate Head of School for Teaching and Learning