A majority of Capital Day School fourth- through eighth-grade students qualified for the prestigious Duke University Talent Identification Program.

Head of School Tim Corkran said the school recently received the news that more than 60% of the school's students, or 24 out of 39 students, between fourth and eighth grade qualified this year for Duke TIP, which supports students who test above grade level with academic benefits and programs. CDS students took the exams in mid-April. 

Corkran said that CDS uses the Educational Records Bureau assessment, a form of standardized testing, for students in third through eighth grades. CDS students only take standardized tests about four or five hours out of the school year. According to ERB's website, CDS is the only Frankfort-area school that uses its tests. 

The school mostly uses ERB internally to compare different grade levels to check for learning gaps and monitor student progress. Corkran said the test is based on skills rather than content — consistent with the curriculum taught at CDS. 

The test scores are similar to what CDS students have achieved in the past. In the past decade, about 52% of CDS sixth-grade students qualified for Duke TIP in their end-of-year exams, Corkran said. Rising seventh-graders are the primary group that Duke TIP selects students from, but students who are in fourth through eighth grades can choose to apply for the program. 

Rising seventh graders qualifying for Duke TIP  
 2010  5 out of 7 students
 2011  9 out of 9 students
 2012  7 out of 15 students
 2013   6 out of 11 students
 2014  5 out of 6 students
 2015   7 out of 11 students
 2016   2 out of 8 students
 2017   3 out of 6 students
 2018   2 out of 6 students
 2019  7 out of 8 students

The recent test scores are another reminder for CDS that what the school teaches brings out the best in its students, Corkran said. 

"It reminds us that we have great families that choosing Capital Day, families that really value academics and value academics as a family," he said.

To be eligible for Duke TIP, students must score in the 95th percentile on a national standardized test in one or more subject areas like ERB or a state assessment, according to the program's website. Students who score above 125 on an accepted IQ test are also eligible. 

Once students are identified as being eligible, they can sign up for Duke TIP. Corkran said that he sends letters home to families with a read-out of a student's individual test scores. As participants in Duke TIP, students are given listings of scholarships and contests, college planning advice and educational programs outside of school. 

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