NextGen Admission is an equity-driven initiative providing measures, data insights, and resources for admission professionals and administrators. NextGen informs mission-aligned enrollment and retention decisions amid a changing admission landscape, with a focus on equitable ISEE test development, administration, and use of scores.
The role of admission assessment is critical in the independent school admission process. But, it has to be used carefully and thoughtfully, and within a comprehensive process that includes both objective and subjective measures, writes Molly Moore Green, ERB's Senior Director of Admission Programs, on the ERB Insights blog.
The NextGen Admission initiative is comprised of a number of projects and efforts to support equity, validity, and fairness in ISEE test development, administration, and use of scores.
To gain insight into ERB member schools’ priorities in the years to come, ERB administered a NextGen Admission survey in summer 2023 which was completed by 350+ admission professionals. We are pleased to share the results of this survey along with the action plan we have developed in response to the findings.
78% of respondents say it's important for admission assessments to be grounded in the principles of diversity, equity, and fairness.
81% of respondents indicated they evaluate applicants’ “soft skills” to understand their communicative and collaborative abilities.
47% of respondents say it's important to have tools to identify students whose ability to learn is greater than what scores indicate.
As part of NextGen Admission, ERB has committed to developing resources that document how equity, fairness, and validity drive ISEE test development, as well as to provide recommendations for equitable test administration and use of ISEE scores.
ISEE Insights is a new tool to help interpret and quantify the benefits and risks of different score profiles. For decades, ERB has provided scores, percentiles, and stanines. Our new ISEE Insights metrics go beyond norm-referenced interpretations to predict future independent school success and analyze discrepancies in applicants’ reasoning and achievement profiles. Both kinds of interpretative information can help admission teams decide whether to take a chance on admitting a student or not.