View Full Version : All NYC Exclusive Private Schools Admit ERB Test Isn't Always Final - Some Get Second Chance

10-27-2010, 09:58 PM
This from the N.Y. Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/28/nyregion/28private.html) by Sarah Maslin Nir:
Parents of preschoolers who are applying to New York’s top private schools are now coming face to face with the test universally known as the E.R.B., a nerve-racking intelligence exam made more so because there is no do-over if the child has a bad day.

But for a select few students who do not score well, there is something of a second chance. Admissions consultants, preschools and some private schools acknowledge that a small number of children every year are permitted to undergo another round of intelligence testing to supplement their results on the E.R.B., which stands for the Educational Records Bureau, the organization that administers the test.

The practice is not publicized on schools’ Web sites, and the psychologists who offer the service do not openly advertise it. Nor is it entirely clear what qualifies a child for another test, although those who are children of alumni or have a sibling already at a school are most frequently granted the option, according to consultants and schools.

“It is a suggestion that we sometimes make to those whom are part of our community and are looking for advice,” said Margaret Metz, the director of admissions at the Nightingale-Bamford School on the Upper East Side. Those families are not getting preferential treatment, she said, but simply have access to the school staff that other families do not.

“We would be out of line to extend that kind of advice to a family we don’t know,” she said.

Private schools have always been able to admit anyone they want. But the practice of allowing a second test has nonetheless raised concerns about fairness in an admissions process that remains as competitive as ever, with three- and even four-child families showing up regularly at some schools’ doorsteps.

It is also provoking more questions about the relevance of the E.R.B., a mandatory $510 examination that is among the most nail-biting experiences in a parent’s life, and whose reliability is being attacked because of widely available preparation materials.

“It’s unfair for one child to have more pieces in the puzzle than others,” said Martha Hirschman, an assistant head at the Hewitt School. She said the school does not ask for additional scores. “It’s creating an uneven playing field if you’re allowing students to have other pieces that other students do not have the advantage of having.”

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08-30-2014, 02:45 PM
I think this ERB nonsense is crazy. No one is going to care what preschool you went to, and if you can afford an "elite" grammar school, the chances are really good they will be more than happy to take your money regardless. At the university level its all about 'Legacies', income or sports ability, its an elite game. Love your kids, support them in their endeavors, and teach them to pursue their own happiness, everything else is superfluous .

There are lots of wonderful preschools in Manhattan that will give your child a wonderful experience and more than prepare them for kindergarten and the whole k through 12 experience. NO ERB required.

There is Building Blocks Play Group on the Upper East Side (who have HD webcam access for parents to all class roooms and teach spanish with native speakers, cooking, music taught by an actual opera singer, science and even yoga! Google them!

There is also the well known House Of Little People, Preschool of America and Bright Horizons, all provide the same level of care and education as any of the more "elite" preschools - and ERB not required! But your child will be taught, cared for and have an enjoyable experience that will turn them on to the education process for the rest of their school years.

It's time to go back to the old model of educating our children for success, not to impress our social circle!