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Critical Thinking: How do BHDS Students Measure Up?

At Beth Hillel, we often talk about how our academic program promotes collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking. Many of you already know that parents ranked Beth Hillel Elementary #1, nationally, on the Measuring Success survey for our math program. And unless you have been living under a rock, you are certain to know that we ranked in the top three schools, nationally, for STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and math integration. I am excited to share some additional data with you to back up these claims.

Today I received our students’ Educational Records Bureau (ERB) results back. Students in grades 4-6 take the ERB each spring, which is a standardized test comparing them to other private school students across the country. Unlike the standardized tests children take in California public schools, the ERB has a constructed response section that looks at students’ thinking, not just bubbled in answers.

 On the critical thinking section of the test:

* 30% of our students scored in the 9th stanine, which means they were in the top 4% of students who tested nationally!

* 50% of our students scored in the 8th stanine (or higher), which is the top 11%

* 69% of our students scored in the 7th stanine (or higher), which is the top 23%

These figures are truly astounding. While the ERB is only one indicator of student achievement, this is in-line with what we are seeing from our students in school as well. It is hard not to beam with pride, or perhaps sweat on this 100O day. Beth Hillel Elementary students, I am very proud for you today!


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