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Metrics of Success

Lake Tahoe School administers the Education Records Bureau (ERB) Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) annually to all students in 4th – 8th grades. We use the ERB because that is the standardized assessment of choice among the most competitive independent schools in the country and provides helpful comparisons of learning among students at the highest level in comparable schools. At the same time, we are not a school for whom standardized testing results are a primary goal. We focus on teaching our students to think critically and solve real-world problems. We value the wonderful range of talents and interests with which every child enhances our community.

The CTP is a rigorous assessment for high achieving students in key areas such as reading, vocabulary, writing, science, and mathematics. Verbal and quantitative reasoning subtests are also part of the comprehensive testing. LTS uses the results to assess progress for individual students as well as to help inform our curriculum. Our classes are small and the range of background and abilities can be broad. We value the growth of each child. We celebrate both those high achieving students who hold their own against peers in much bigger schools with more rigid expectations for admission and those who come to us later in the game and need to make up for missed time and instruction.

We are proud to share the results for 4th through 8th grades. Note that the horizontal orange line reflects the national norm; the turquoise line represents Lake Tahoe School students. By and large, our median scores are at or above the independent and suburban norms. Even more important, from our perspective, is that our graduates transition seamlessly into the best independent schools in the country and the honors levels.