At St. John Catholic School we believe each student is a valued individual with unique spiritual, physical, social, emotional, and intellectual gifts who is capable of learning and achieving. It is through this believe that we evaluate the progress of our students based on their academic achievements, spiritual growth, and their journey into High School.
A standardized test is an assessment administered and scored in a consistent manner. designed so questions, conditions for administering, scoring procedures, and interpretations are consistent and handled in a predetermined, standard manner. Data received from standardized tests assist educators with curricular, instructional and program decisions. These data also assist the school and Archdiocese of Baltimore in developing professional development opportunities for teachers and potential interventions for students. They are valid and reliable means to measure individual and overall student performance at a particular point in time.
Standardized test scores are not the only measure of a school’s quality. These tests are designed to assess an individual student’s performance compared to all students nationally. They do not compare a school’s quality to other schools. Many other factors should affect your decision about which school your child should attend, including: educational philosophy, curriculum quality, teacher credentials, class size, location, cost, availability of resources, discipline policy, opportunities for parental involvement and communications.
Our students take the following standardized tests:
- Assessment of Children Religious Education (ACRE) Exam – This test is taken in the Fall by 8th graders and in the Spring by 5th graders.
MAP Growth is the most trusted and innovative assessment for measuring achievement and growth in K–12 math, reading, language usage, and science. It provides teachers with accurate, actionable evidence to help inform instructional strategies regardless of how far students are above or below grade level.
The student performance data that follows is a snapshot of how the entire class performed on each particular subtest along with a core composite score, which aggregates English Language Arts and Mathematics sections. While information can be gleaned from these data graphs, it is important to evaluate student and school performance using a variety of factors in addition to student performance on