Students in grades 3 – 7 take the IOWA Assessment in the spring of each year. Additionally, grades 2 and 5 take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), which essentially measures a student’s IQ. 8th graders planning to enroll in a Catholic high school take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) in November each year. All kindergarten through 3rd grade students are monitored three times annually using the AIMSwebPlus diagnostics to determine growth in reading, language arts, and math. Students in grades 5 and 8 also take the ACRE assessment each winter to help us determine the strengths and areas for improvement in our religion and faith development program.
These various test results provide data on each student and allow teachers to monitor the progress of their students over the years. Additionally, longitudinal studies are used to constantly review and evaluate our curriculum. In 2016, the K-5 Math program was reviewed and replaced. A new science K-8 program is being used in 2017-2018.
SASEAS Catholic School is proud of its academic record of performance and continues to remain academically challenging to its students. Some highlights:
High School Placement Test, Class of 2018, 33 test-takers
The group composite bested the national average by 28 percentile points
Four students achieved the 99th NPR, the highest percentile rank possible
Seven students scored in the 90th-98th NPR
12% of our students scored in the top 1%
33% of our students scored in the top 10%
50% of our students scored in the top 25%
80% of our students scored in the top 50%
Collectively averaged above the 9th grade equivalency in all three areas – Reading, Math, Language
Iowa Assessment, 2017, Grades 3-7
Every grade level scored in the top 10-15% nationally in Reading and Math, making the school eligible for the National Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Performing Schools Award