Nativity consistently shows significant growth from year to year and scores within the top percentiles for both the Iowa Assessments and the Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education (ACRE).

 

Our students consistently show growth in all grade levels and always score well above their grade equivalency.

 
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In 2017-2018, grades 3-8 demonstrated overall growth by at least 0.9 grade levels. In 2016-2017, our 8th graders grew from a 10.4 grade equivalency to a 12.7 grade equivalency.

That means, by 7th and 8th grade, Nativity students are already testing at a high school level!

 
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It’s clear that Nativity students excel on the Iowa Assessments, but here’s a little information about the test itself:

PRIMARY PURPOSE

The Iowa Assessments are used to improve instructional development. We use the standard achievement battery to learn supplementary information useful in teaching curriculum and lesson planning.

THE BASICS

  • For students in grades 2-8
  • Archdiocese-wide standard since 2014
  • Test levels 8-14 administered

STUDENT GROWTH

The Iowa Assessments are most effective when used to compare the progress of a single student over a period of several years. Teachers observe individual students’ scores to identify strengths and weaknesses. Parents are also provided profile narratives for their child.


RESULTS

For the Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education (ACRE), Nativity students fall into the advanced or proficient range. 

PRIMARY PURPOSE

ACRE is designed to evaluate the effectiveness and, ultimately, strengthen our religious education program.

THE BASICS

  • Administered yearly to grades 5 & 8

  • Students examined on Archdiocesan standard

  • Published by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)

SUBJECT MATTER

Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, ACRE focuses on the following eight domains:

  • God
  • Church
  • Liturgy & sacraments
  • Revelation, Scripture & faith
  • Life in Christ
  • Church history
  • Prayer/religious practice
  • Faith literacy