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Standardized Testing

We regularly assess students in a variety of ways, including standardized testing to measure progress and provide a benchmark for our curriculum. The results are also used to determine eligibility for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Notably, 85% of our students in Grades 5-8 during the 2014-2015 academic year qualified for this opportunity.

In grades 2-7, the school administers the Educational Record Bureau’s Comprehensive Testing Program. The CTP, a rigorous test, assesses the student’s overall verbal, reading, writing and mathematical skills.

Our goals in administering the Comprehensive Testing Program IV are to provide information about each child’s verbal and quantitative skill development, to inform instruction, and to give our students ample opportunity throughout their elementary school years to practice taking standardized tests.

The skills tested on the CTP IV are verbal and math skills that we want all of our students to hone and master. Therefore, this is not a test that involves “teaching to the test.” The results of the CTP test inform instruction but the test itself does not drive our curriculum. Finally, the CTP IV is an achievement test, not an ability test. This means that the information we receive about a student only tells us how a particular student’s verbal and quantitative skills are developing, not how innately bright that student is, which is what an IQ or ability test would determine.

To view the most recent CTP results, please click here.

In grades 7 and 8, students can take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), which competitive secondary schools use as a part of their admission process. The performance of Buckley students on these tests has been outstanding.

    • WedJun01 Grades 7-8 3pm Dismissal
    • WedJun01 Grades 7-8 Final Exams
    • WedJun01 No 4pm bus
    • ThuJun02 Extended Day Session III Ends, K-6
    • ThuJun02 Grades 7-8 3pm Dismissal
    • ThuJun02 Grades 7-8 Final Exams
    • ThuJun02 No 4pm bus
    • ThuJun02 Graduation Tea 4:00 PM
    • FriJun03 2pm Dismissal
    • FriJun03 Red Blue Field Day/Grades 1-8

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