St. Mary Catholic Elementary Schools

Testing

St. Mary Catholic Schools uses the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests to track the scholastic progress of SMES students in grades 1-5. Students in grades 2-5 complete tests in reading, language usage and mathematics, and first grade students participate in Primary MAP which includes reading and math.

MAP is a computer-based assessment program that uses questions of increasing difficulty based on the student’s current academic level and shows an individual’s progress over time. MAP tests are administered in the fall and spring of each school year, and the data helps educators gain an understanding of each child’s current academic level in comparison to that of the 5.1 million students who take the tests nationwide. The assessment provides nearly immediate data that is used to assist teachers in:

  • Individualizing student instruction
  • Identifying student strengths, for both individuals and groups of students
  • Pinpointing topics that need to be reviewed or reinforced

A measurement of each student’s reading level (called his or her lexile score) is acquired from MAP results. An explanation of how this determination is made and how to use the information can be found at the Parent Toolkit.

Further information about MAP is available at the founding organization’s website.

Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education (ACRE)

Information for Growth: Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education (ACRE) is an assessment tool from the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) that is administered to students in Grade 5. This measures the strengths and weaknesses of the religion curriculum so that refinements can be made.