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.
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!
It’s clear that Nativity students excel on the Iowa Assessments, but here’s a little information about the test itself:
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.
- For students in grades 2-8
- Archdiocese-wide standard since 2014
- Test levels 8-14 administered
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.
For the Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education (ACRE), Nativity students fall into the advanced or proficient range.
ACRE is designed to evaluate the effectiveness and, ultimately, strengthen our religious education program.
Administered yearly to grades 5 & 8
Students examined on Archdiocesan standard
- Published by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)
Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, ACRE focuses on the following eight domains:
- Liturgy & sacraments
- Revelation, Scripture & faith
- Life in Christ
- Church history
- Prayer/religious practice
- Faith literacy