Students at Charlottesville Catholic School take both the Performance Series and the Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (ACRE) Standardized Tests in selected grades. Any standardized test is considered by the faculty and administration as one tool in the measurement of student progress. Results are reviewed by teachers annually to help determine learning goals for that year.
Each June following the testing, parents of students who were tested during the school year receive a “home report” in the mail that presents a student’s test scores and other relevant information. Each September a learning plan is developed based on areas of strengths and weaknesses. Individual performance on these tests not only help parents gauge their child’s academic achievement in comparison to similar students in the nation, but also help guide teacher instruction.
Performance Series Testing
The Scantron Performance Series Test is administered three times a year throughout the Diocese of Richmond in grades 1-8. The primary purpose is to provide educators with specific information that assists them in making professional judgements about instruction. The results provide diagnostic information to assist teachers in implementing their annual curriculum plan and ensure growth.
Assessment of Catholic Religious Education
The ACRE test is a religious education program assessment tool. It provides an overall picture of the catechetical/religious education effort at a Catholic school. With tested data, faith education leaders can explore areas of strength as well as areas that need additional attention. Using the assessment annually allows leaders to identify the trajectory of their faith education efforts and track improvements as goals and strategies are changed or refined.