Standardized test score results are used to guide curriculum, instruction, and program decisions and also to assist with identifying local and Archdiocesan-wide professional development needs.
Saint Mary Catholic School students take the following standardized tests:
The Tenth Edition of the Stanford Achievement Test is given to all students in grades 3 through 8 every spring. It measures students’ performance in reading, language arts, mathematics, spelling, science, and social science. All of the items on the Stanford 10 evaluate either Basic Understanding or Thinking Skills. Scores on the Stanford 10 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 ACRE Exam
The ACRE Exam is given to students in grades 5 and 8 in the early fall of each school year. The test measures students’ knowledge about the Catholic faith, beliefs, behaviors, attitudes and practices. Scores on this test are determined by what percentile the students place compared to Catholic school peers on the same level of the exam. Fifth graders take the Level 1 exam and eighth graders take the Level 2 exam. Scores below the 64th suggest improvement is needed, scores between the 64th and 86th percentile reflect proficiency, and scores above 86th percentile indicate advanced knowledge. The test provides information regarding our students’ understanding and living of their faith.
The Brigance Screening
Incoming kindergarten students are administered the Brigance Screening in the spring prior to the start of their kindergarten experience. The Brigance is used to identify a child’s area of strengths and weaknesses, to plan appropriate instruction, and to implement effective and developmentally appropriate instructional activities.