Need help interpreting your CTP or Milestones Score Reports? You're in the right place! Below, you can find explanations of key terms featured on your score reports to help you understand and use your assessment data.
Why might a student's performance change between two CTP or Milestones exams?
Students might perform better or worse on consecutive CTP or Milestones exams for any number of reasons. Of course, score declines are of more concern to parents and educators. To understand variability in student scores, ERB analyzes assessment data in real time, and proposes the below hypotheses as primary reasons student scores might decline between assessments:
It's always helpful to remind students why your school tests CTP and Milestones. Before testing, let them know that they should take their time, do their best, and most important, how your school will use their testing data.
Let them know that they take the test(s) to help support their continued learning and growth.
ERB does not encourage schools to teach to the test. However, the content domains tested on CTP and Milestones are available to member schools, and we do encourage educators to know what's on the tests they plan to administer.
That way, you're able to ensure you're covering all of the topics assessed, or will be aware ahead of time that students may struggle on certain questions that have not been covered yet, and can interpret student scores accordingly.
See the CTP Handbook.