Advanced Placement Testing

Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic High School Students Offer a Wide Variety of Advanced Placement Opportunities

All of the nine Catholic high schools within the Archdiocese of Hartford offer Advanced Placement courses in a wide variety of subjects. The number and range of courses differ from school to school, but in the coming school year, Catholic high schools will offer anywhere from three to thirty-one Advanced Placement opportunities to upper level students. Among the offerings will be math, literature, modern and ancient language, history, psychology, science, art and music. More than 900 students across the Archdiocese participate in the Advanced Placement program. Of those, an average of 75% receives a score of 3 or better granting them college credit in those disciplines.

In addition, most high schools have formed relationships with local colleges and universities, including the University of Connecticut, Albertus Magnus, Teikyo Post, the University of New Haven, University of Saint Joseph, University of Hartford, and Yale University that enable Catholic high school students to take courses at those institutions. There are as many models for this as there are schools involved, but in all cases, students of Catholic high schools who demonstrate exceptional academic ability have extraordinary opportunities to challenge themselves and get a head start on college.

Standardized Testing

Archdiocese of Hartford Students Outperform Students Nationally on Standardized Tests

Iowa Assessment®

Each spring, students in grades 3 through 7 in the Catholic elementary and middle schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford take the Iowa Assessments. The Iowa Assessments are norm-referenced achievement tests that assess students’ skills in Reading, Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. The tests assess both
foundation skills and higher-order thinking skills. The results of the Iowa Assessment enable educators to assess the performance of their students in relation to that of a nationally representative student group from both the public and private sectors.

As in the past, Archdiocese of Hartford students' performance on all subtests of this battery exceeded the average score of students tested nationally.

The following results represent data as national grade equivalencies (NGE). A grade equivalent is a score that describes student achievement on a grade level scale.

Iowa Assessment® Spring 2018


Secondary – SAT’s

The SAT® was redesigned in March of 2016.  The redesigned tests are based on different specifications than the old tests, assessing two areas: evidence-based reading and writing and mathematics.  The following data reflect the senior class of 2018 who took the new SAT®.    The graph below illustrates the consistently high overall student achievement of high school seniors from the district of the Archdiocese of Hartford as compared to total group scores from the state of CT and nationally.

The scores represent the results of their final sitting for the SAT, not their highest overall score.  Actual scores are higher than represented in this chart.

Each assessment in the SAT Suite has an associated set of metrics called the College and Career Readiness Benchmarks.  The SAT Math benchmark is the section score associated with a 75% chance of earning at least a C in first-semester, credit-bearing, college-level courses in algebra, statistics, precalculus, or calculus.  The SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) benchmark is associated with a 75% chance of earning at least a C in first-semester, credit-bearing, college-level courses in history, literature, social science, or writing (College Boards, 2018).


An SAT benchmark of 1550 is associated with a 65% probability of obtaining a first-year college GPA of B- or higher. Seniors enrolled in high schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford significantly exceeded the College and Career Readiness Benchmark.