Standardized test scores are not the only measure of a school’s quality. These tests are designed to assess an individual student’s performance compared to all students nationally. They do not compare a school’s quality to other schools. Many other factors should affect your decision about which school your child should attend, including: educational philosophy, curriculum quality, teacher credentials, class size, location, cost, availability of resources, discipline policy, opportunities for parental involvement and communications.
Our students take the following standardized tests:
The IOWA Assessments are given to all students in grades 2 through 8 every Spring. The assessments measure student performance in reading, language arts, mathematics, and in grades 3, 5, 7, & 8 also science and social studies. All of the items on the IOWA evaluate either Basic Understanding or Thinking Skills. Scores on the IOWA are calculated using national norms. This means that students’ scores are compared to the scores of all students nationally who took the same exam. The national average is the 50th percentile. The IOWA test scores for the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Catholic Schools are well above the national average!
The ACRE Exam measures students’ knowledge about the Catholic faith, beliefs, behaviors, attitudes and practices. Scores on this test are determined by what percentile the students places into compared to Catholic school peers on the same level of the exam. Fifth graders take the Level 1 exam and eighth and ninth graders take the Level 2 exam. Scores below the 64th percentile suggest improvement is needed, scores between the 64th and 86th percentile reflect proficiency, and scores above the 86th percentile indicate advanced knowledge. This test is taken in the Fall by 8th graders and in the Spring by 5th graders.
To view the Archdiocese of Baltimore IOWA and ACRE Test Scores, please click below.