Academic excellence is measured by much more than standardized test scores. However, it’s difficult to talk about the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford without reflecting on our students’ achievement compared to their local and national peers.
In previous blogs such as “How Catholic School Can Brighten Your Child’s Future” and “Benefits of a Catholic School,” we referred to test scores, but we never did get to the actual numbers. Let’s do that now, and to help you understand the significance of the figures, we’ll first explain what they mean in the academic world.Elementary and Middle School:
Each spring, students in grades 3 through 7 take the Iowa Assessments®, a nationally recognized norm referenced test that measures student growth and proficiency across all content areas. To be considered “proficient,” students must consistently score at grade level or above as measured by national grade equivalencies (NGE).
- Our Catholic elementary and middle school students consistently score above their grade level (NGA) on the Iowa Assessments®. Students in the Catholic elementary and middle schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford also score in the top third of the nation in all subtests of the Iowa Assessments® — math, reading, language arts, science, and social studies.
To be considered “proficient,” students should achieve at least a combined score of 1500 on the SAT, which is the College Board’s College & Career Readiness (CCR) Benchmark. This benchmark score indicates a 65% probability of a student's obtaining a first-year college GPA of B- or higher.
- Our Catholic high school students consistently exceed the 1500 CCR Benchmark and also perform better than their state and national peers in the SAT subtests (critical thinking, mathematics, writing).
To see the consistency of our students’ test scores over the years, you can download our Annual Reports from 2007 to 2015 here.
While we don’t believe that the value of education can be measured solely by a test score, we do see the numbers as a tangible reflection of the quality of education in the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, as well as our students’ love of learning and desire to achieve. And that is what academic excellence is all about.