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.
The IOWA Assessments are given to all students in grades 2 through 8 every Spring. The assessments
measure student performance in reading, language arts, mathematics, and in grades 3, 5, 7, & 8 also
science and social studies. All of the items on the IOWA evaluate either Basic Understanding or Thinking
Skills. Scores on the IOWA are calculated using national norms. This means that students’ scores are
compared to the scores of all students nationally who took the same exam. The national average is
the 50th percentile.
Our students take the following standardized tests:
IOWA Assessments – This multiple choice test is taken every Spring by all students in grades 2
Assessment of Children Religious Education (ACRE) Exam – This test is taken in the Fall by 8th
graders and in the Spring by 5th graders.
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