All Saints’ testing objective is to assist teachers and administrators in a systematic evaluation of the academic and religion programs, to diagnose student strengths and weaknesses, and to aid in revision of the curriculum and planning of instruction.
In addition to academic tests for grading purposes, the school administers standardized religion and achievement tests according to the Arlington diocesan testing program. All eighth grade students take the high school placement test used in determining placement in diocesan high schools. Eighth grade teachers are encouraged to review only the format and style of the high school placement test with their students.
- Early Prevention of School Failure Screening: This screening is administered to all incoming kindergarten students during the spring. Through their observance of each student completing a series of tasks, the screening team is able to determine the developmental readiness of each child. The goal of the program is to ensure that each student enrolled in kindergarten or first grade has the developmental skills necessary to achieve success during his/her first year in our school.
- Scantron Testing: All Saints uses Scantron as its standardized testing program. Students complete three series of tests in math, reading and language arts in the fall, winter and spring. As the testing takes place online, teachers have access to immediate results and data. Additionally, as the test is driven by technology, it is adaptive in nature, with each test being customized to the ability of each student. Administered three times over the course of the year, Scantron testing provides data with which the teachers can tailor instruction and measure student growth. You can find out more by reviewing the Parent Guide to Scantron Testing.
- Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (ACRE): This assessment tool, designed by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), is administered to students in grades five and eight each year. Through review of class and grade level scores, school and diocesan personnel can determine students’ understanding of basic doctrine and attitudes towards living the Catholic faith.
- Iowa Test of Algebra Readiness: Students in the 7th grade who have demonstrated success in their Advanced Math coursework participate in a testing program that provides additional data for determining eligibility for enrollment in the Algebra I program during their 8th grade year.