AcademicsThe schools of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis regularly track student achievement and growth, as a way to gauge where we are most effective and where we have room for growth. We affirm the hard work and accomplishments of our teachers and students to date and are aiming for even higher levels of achievement for all our students in the future.
The ACT is a college admissions and placement test with four tests: Reading, English, Math, and Science. Scores on each subject test, together with a composite score, indicate a student’s level of college-readiness. The Catholic Diocese of Memphis’ graduating class of 2013 outperformed students in the State of Tennessee and nationally on every single ACT subject test.
The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) long served as a year-end assessment for the Diocese of Memphis Catholic Schools, as well as many other school districts and networks across the country. Now, the test has been revised to be aligned to the Common Core standards and has been renamed the “Iowa Assessments” to reflect this change. Iowa Assessments reports help us in two ways. First, they provide information on how we are doing at the school level: How much are students learning? What standards have students mastered? What standards need to be addressed differently or more intensively? Second, the Iowa Assessments reports provide detailed information about individual students’ particular academic needs and strengths that enable us to tailor our teaching, remediation, and enrichment to their needs. In addition, the test now captures data indicating whether students are on track to be “college-ready” as measured by the ACT.
Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education (ACRE)
National Catholic Educational Association’s ACRE is designed to assist in the evaluation of religious education programs in Catholic schools. As an integrated assessment, NCEA ACRE provides faith knowledge questions and questions related to religious beliefs, attitudes, practices, and perceptions. The assessment is given in the fall of each year to our 5th, 8th, and 12th graders. Our diocese summary reports a majority of our students in each of the grades performing at the proficient or advanced level.