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How to Interpret the New Milestones Norms

By Glenn Milewski / September 14, 2022

After two years of administration, ERB determined that it collected sufficient data to construct norms based on actual Milestones test-takers. These norms better reflect students’ performance on Milestones and are more useful to members interpreting results. […] read more

All About the Data – Understanding CTP Norms

By Glenn Milewski / September 13, 2022

As the 2022-2023 school year gets underway, we want to update you on the latest with CTP norms and explain how we developed the current CTP norms in relation to pre and post-pandemic data. […] read more

Ahead of the Curve: How PEG™ Has Led Automated Scoring for Years

By Glenn Milewski / August 29, 2022

What is PEG™? PEG, or Project Essay Grade, is the automated scoring system at the core of ERB Writing Practice.  It was invented in the 1960s by Ellis Batten Page, a former high school English teacher, who spent “many long weekends sifting through stacks of papers wishing for some help.” His guiding principles? 1) the more we write, the better writer we become, and 2) computers can grade as reliably as their human counterparts (Page, 2003).  The state of computers at the time of Page’s invention did not leave much room for automation, so PEG lay dormant until the mid-1980s.  […] read more

Fall 2022 Virtual Office Hours

By Melissa Lachman / August 12, 2022

Join ERB’s Member Services Directors for a series of virtual office hours to help you learn and maximize your use of ERB’s products and services. These full-length webinars will last 45-60 minutes, providing participants with the tools they need to maximize the use of our products and services to inform curriculum and instruction and support student learning and growth. Sessions will be recorded for future reference. Wed., September 14 12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT September Virtual Office Hours: Welcome Back to ERB! This session oriented new members/users to the various ERB portals, Member Profile, and Help resources and […] read more

ERB Launches Writing Practice

By ERB Team / August 12, 2022

ERB Launches Writing Practice with new design, functionality, and enhanced features to help students improve their writing skills with instant, actionable feedback. A robust library of prompts and lessons saves educators time while providing students unlimited opportunities to practice writing. ERB announced today the availability of ERB Writing Practice, an online program designed to help students improve their writing skills through practice, feedback, and guided support backed by the industry’s most accurate automated scoring algorithm. ERB Writing Practice helps educators and families save valuable time while giving students immediate and individualized feedback and opportunities for growth. Why ERB Writing Practice? […] read more

Fall 2022 Mini Webinar Series

By Melissa Lachman / August 10, 2022

Join ERB’s Member Services Directors for a series of mini webinars to help you learn and maximize your use of ERB’s products and services.  Each mini webinar will last 15-20 minutes and introduce you to one of ERB’s products or services. Sessions will be recorded for future reference. Tues., August 30 12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT MSD Mini: SEL This mini webinar focused on ERB’s SEL Insights program! Wed., August 31 11:00 am ET / 8:00 am PT MSD Mini: ERB Writing This mini webinar focused on ERB’s Writing Practice (formerly known as WPP)! Thurs., September 1 12:00 […] read more

Webinars

By ERB Team / March 15, 2022

Tuesday, March 22 11:30 am ET / 8:30 am PT Understanding ERB’s Updated Norms Please join us for a conversation between Glenn Milewski, Chief Program Officer at ERB, and Jason Lasnetski, Senior Member Services Director about the newly updated Independent School and Association Norms that have been released for Spring. Glenn and Jason will be discussing which norms were updated, changes to how norms are calculated, and the impact we saw from Covid. Watch a recording of this webinar here. Tagged in: […] read more

Check-In Survey Now Available

By ERB Team / February 7, 2022

Measure Student Social and Emotional Well-being We are thrilled to announce that Check-In Survey is now available to ERB member schools that purchased CTP Online or Milestones. The survey does not need to be administered at the same time as these assessments. Schools can now start administering the survey.  What the Check-In Survey Covers The quick survey includes academic, emotional, and fairness & belonging scales: ERB’s Check-In Survey enables schools to quickly take the pulse of student attitudes about their emotional well-being, academic engagement, and fairness & belonging in their school community. Academic Engagement In the academic engagement section of […] read more

Testing Options During COVID

By ERB Team / January 13, 2022

With the recent surge in COVID cases, we know you may be considering changes to your testing plans as a result of the varying conditions in your community. We want you to know that our Member Services Directors, and ERB, are here to help and can support you and your community in the following ways: Safe and Convenient At-Home Testing – At-home testing options for CTP, Milestones, and SEL Insights. Quicker Interim Testing – Use our Milestones Assessment in lieu of CTP’s full battery. Complimentary SEL Education Tools – Enjoy one month of free access to our SEL Insights Curriculum. Contact your Member […] read more

ERB Launching Free Check-In Survey

By ERB Team / December 16, 2021

ERB Launching Free Check-In Survey to Help Schools Quickly Gauge Student Well-Being Inspired by Character Lab’s Student Thriving Index, the quick survey includes academic, emotional and inclusion scales. ERB announced today that it has partnered with Character Lab to deploy elements of its Student Thriving Index in a 13-item Check-In Survey that will be available free to ERB member schools using our CTP or Milestones assessments. ERB’s survey design was informed by input from students and teachers at a cross-section of the organization’s member schools. “School leaders across the country have expressed the need for a quick way to understand […] read more

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Navigating the Middle East Conflict and Assessing Mission Success

As with any challenge to the value and integrity of schools, this is an opportunity to reaffirm our core commitments as educators. Teaching about the Middle East is part of the educational mission of schools […] read more

Spring Cleaning: Taking the Time to Reflect on the School Year

Spring is an ideal part of the year to sequester some good thinking time in order to reflect on what has worked well during the past year, along with what could have gone better. Be unsparing. Take notes. Then set it aside for at least the first half of the summer. […] read more

Making Sense of Your Assessment Data: How ERB Supports Schools

In addition to assessments and measures of student well-being and social-emotional skills, we offer a range of resources and services to help educators and families extract actionable insights from assessment data. […] read more

Spring 2024 CTP Norms Updates: What to Expect This Reporting Cycle

Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) norms are updated annually for each reporting cycle (fall and spring). These “rolling norms,” as they are often called, are calculated after gathering three years of data, and in the fourth year, deleting the earliest year and adding data from the most recent administration. […] read more