St. Anselm Catholic School utilizes a standardized national testing program, the IOWA Assessment along with the Cognitive Abilities Test to continually assess the effectiveness of our instruction and curriculum. The Iowa Tests offer educators a diagnostic look at how students are progressing in key academic areas, and offer diagnostic data that can be used to create intervention groups and to drive curricular decisions”. The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal. Although its primary goal is to assess students’ reasoning abilities, CogAT can also provide predicted achievement scores when administered with The Iowa Tests.
A wide range of schools, both public and private, across the United States use this program. Students in Grades 1- 8 at Saint Anselm Catholic School participate; Grades 2-7 take the IOWA Assessment, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7 take the Cognitive Abilities Test, and Grades 3, 5, 7 also take the Archdiocese of Detroit Religion Assessment.
St. Anselm Catholic School students tend to perform very well on these tests. Individual student results are provided to parents and may be used, in conjunction with report cards and teacher feedback to indicate areas of strength or opportunities for improvement. Individual student performance is affected by numerous factors on any given day and no single test should be used to characterize a students overall performance.
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