st ann3Elementary Standardized Testing

Each spring, students in the elementary schools are given the Terranova  Standardized Achievement Tests. Generally, these tests  are administered to students in Grades 3-7 but this may be adjusted by individual school administrators. In addition to the score reports sent to the school and the Office of the Superintendent, each parent receives a profile report for their child indicating strengths and weaknesses. Schools use the data received from the Terranova tests to inform and improve instruction.

Benchmark assessments similar to CMT are given in math in grade 4 throughout the Diocese.

The ACRE (Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education) Test, developed by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), is given to students in Grades 5 and 8 each year. Schools also use the data received from the ACRE test to inform and improve religious instruction.

Below please find our standardized testing results for our elementary schools as a whole. As you can see, on average our students perform better than 72-78% of all students taking this test which is administered in many Catholic Schools nationwide. You will also note that we produce a two to eight percentile annual increase in our average student’s performance.

Secondary School Testing

PSAT tests are administered to students in our Diocesan Secondary Schools during Sophomore and Junior year. Subsequently, students may elect to take the SAT exams according to their own schedule as they prepare to enter college. Diocesan secondary schools are a national pilot for ACT testing and all juniors will sit for the exam in the spring.

The ACRE (Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education) Test, developed by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), is given Seniors in the diocesan schools each year. Schools also use the data received from the ACRE test to inform and improve religious instruction.

Standardized testing increases the accountability of schools and the students they serve. Various forms of ongoing assessment help to inform instruction and insures that students can attend and succeed at the college of their choice.

Advanced Placement Testing

Numerous AP (Advanced Placement) courses are offered in our secondary schools and students participate in the exams for these courses as indicated by the College Board each spring. We hope to publish our AP results in the near future to demonstrate the excellent performance of all of our high school students.