Student Performance

The academic success of our students is affirmed in many ways as each student is led and challenged to reach their personal potential. First and foremost, success is measured in a student’s engagement in the learning process as observed by both teachers and parents. Consistent and varied classroom assessments and quarterly report cards further validate the students’ areas of strength and needed growth. All assessment aims to help the individual student grow but also the system’s goal of continued improvement.

In each of the diocesan elementary schools, students in Grades 1 though 8 are tested annually during the first week of March using Terra Nova™ Third Edition achievement test published by CTB McGraw-Hill. This standardized test is one of the most frequently used and highly respected in both public and private schools across the nation.

The Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education (ACRE), produced by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is administered to both Catholic and non-Catholic students in Grades 5, 8 and 11. Each grade level is organized in four sections: (1) religious knowledge, (2) personal beliefs and attitudes, (3) personal practices, and (4) perceptions of school, parish and self. The results for the 2010-2011 assessments indicate that our Catholic school students demonstrate a strong knowledge of their faith exceeding the national averages in the advanced and proficient categories.

The two Savannah diocesan high schools use many assessment tools but the best known for college acceptance are SAT and ACT. The SAT measures aptitude in Critical Reading, Math and Writing with scores ranging from 200-800. ACT is another college entrance exam which assesses students' ability in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science; with an optional Writing component. The scores range from 0-36.

In each of the diocesan elementary schools, students in Grades 1 though 8 are tested annually during the first week of March using Terra Nova™ Third Edition achievement test published by CTB McGraw-Hill. This standardized test is one of the most frequently used and highly respected in both public and private schools across the nation. We are proud to note that the (NP of the Mean NCE) indicates that the average Savannah diocesan student in EVERY score in EVERY grade ranked above the national 50% average. These percents do NOT represent test scores. That is, a 65% indicates better performance than 65% of the nation, not 65% correct. The national quartile ranking again shows the excellence of the diocesan results. In the nation, 25% of the population is distributed in each quartile. In EVERY score of EVERY grade the percent of our students in the lowest quartile is well below 25% and in the highest ranking quartile, the percentage is consistently higher than 25%.

Terra Nova test results, 2016 Terra Nova test results, 2015
Terra Nova test results, 2014 Terra Nova test results, 2013

The Assessment of Catechesis/ Religious Education (ACRE), produced by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is administered to both Catholic and non-Catholic students in Grades 5, 8 and 11. Each grade level is organized in four sections: (1) religious knowledge, (2) personal beliefs and attitudes, (3) personal practices, and (4) perceptions of school, parish and self.

ACRE test results, 2016
ACRE test results, 2015
ACRE test results, 2014
ACRE test results, 2013

 

High schools located in the Diocese of Savannah use a variety assessment instruments, but the best known for college acceptance are Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT). The SAT measures aptitude in Critical Reading, Math and Writing, with scores ranging from 200-800. The ACT assesses students' ability in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science, with an optional Writing component. ACT scores range from 0-36.
 

SAT and ACT Comparison, 2015
SAT and ACT Comparison, 2014
SAT and ACT Comparison, 2013

The schools in the Diocese of Savannah are members of the National Catholic Education Association and are accredited by AdvancEd (SACS).

Go to top
.