CCS uses the CTP-4 because it offers comparison to other independent schools and assesses both ability and achievement. It is a challenging test, but we were very pleased with our initial marks in 2015. This year (spring 2016), the scores were even better! We strengthened our standing in many areas. The graphs below give a quick comparison to other schools.
Please note the following things as you look at these charts:
Did you take note of those comparisons? In 28 sub-tests, our median score ranked above in 22, at the same level in five, and slightly below in just one area. For a second year, we have fared well and demonstrated the effectiveness and strength of our academic program. We are comparing ourselves to some highly competitive schools—Hampton Roads Academy and Norfolk Collegiate School to name two in our area. There is some stiff competition out there. Many independent schools have a challenging admission process with acceptance based on IQ testing or high marks on placement testing. We have no such requirements; we evaluate our students’ needs and place them in the grade we believe is most appropriate for their success. We are thankful to God for the labors of our faculty, staff, students, and parents in making our program effective in fulfilling the mission to educate and equip our students.
As encouraging as these reports are, we recognize that standardized testing is just one small glimpse at our students. It is not the big picture. Yes, we did very well overall in this snapshot of student achievement. But of far greater importance in our eyes is the day-to-day and year-by-year work in the classroom to grow our young learners into Christian thinkers. Daily pointing our students to Christ through the curriculum—that is our high calling. That will fulfill our full mission to produce students who think and learn independently to the glory of God. That’s what makes an effective little school.