We offer an exceptional learning community for all children. The legacy of excellence in education is well preserved in our Fairfield County Catholic Schools.
Elementary Standardized Testing
Each spring, students at the elementary schools are given standardized tests. Generally, these tests are administered to students in Grades 3-7, but this may be adjusted by individual school administrators. Test scores are sent to the school and the Office of the Superintendent. Each parent receives a profile report for their child indicating their strengths and weaknesses. Schools use the test result data 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 this data to inform and improve instruction.
On average, our students perform better than 72 - 78% of all students taking this test, which is administered in many Catholic Schools nationwide. Their performance increases by 2% - 8% each year.
Secondary School Testing
Standardized testing increases the accountability of schools and the students they serve. Various forms of ongoing assessment help to inform instruction and insure that students can attend and succeed at the college of their choice.
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 to Seniors in the diocesan schools each year. Schools use the test result data received from the ACRE test to inform and improve religious instruction.
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.