Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
The ITBS is a standardized test given to students in grades 2-8. The ITBS measures achievement and critical thinking skills in Reading, Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and Sources of Information. The test is norm referenced, which means 50% is the average number of students who get an item correct nationally. The primary purpose is to measure individual student growth and to guide teacher instruction in all subject areas. In addition to the ITBS the 3rd, 5th and 7th grade students take the CogAT which is a Cognitive Abilities Test.
Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education (ACRE)
The ACRE test has been developed by the National Catholic Educational Association to measure students’ knowledge of religion in 5th and 8th grades. The purpose of this standardized test is to: serve as a tool for assessing the effectiveness of religious education instruction; offer a picture of where students in 5th and 8th grades are in terms of their basic religious knowledge; assess the religious beliefs, attitudes, practices and perceptions of students in these grades in addition to an evaluation of their religious knowledge; and to provide information about areas of strengths and areas that may need additional attention or improvement.