Educational Records Bureau
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Educational Records Bureau (ERB) is the only not-for-profit educational services organization offering assessments for both admission and achievement for independent and selective public schools for Pre K-grade 12.
Founded in 1927, ERB's mission is to create testing and learning solutions that help schools develop improved curriculum, teaching, and learning through diagnosis of assessment results that address essential learning standards.
ERB is headquartered in New York City and has over 2000 independent school and public school members globally.
The organization is governed by a board of trustees who are ultimately responsible for the organization.
ERB provides both admission and achievement assessment programs along with next steps support services for member schools.
ERB usually is unknown to the general public, but was mentioned in a New York Times Article in 2011 after a scoring error was made by one of its contractors on the ISEE admission test for the 2010/2011 testing year. About 7000 (or 17%) of the tested students had incorrect scores due to an error in use of a scoring key. ERB was not informed by its vendor, Measurement Inc., until after schools had mailed admission decisions to their applicants. Commenting on the effect of the error on students' school applications as reported by the New York Times, David F. Clune, of Wilton, Connecticut, and president of ERB, stated “It is a lesson we all learn at some point — that life isn’t fair.” Errors in scoring had affected a smaller number of students at other testing organizations, most notably with an error in the scoring of 4000 students in the October 2005 administration of the SAT.
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