2016 Terra Nova Scores

Terra Nova is a norm-reference nationally standardized achievement test. Nationally standardized means that the test was administered to students across the country. Norms are also set for the time of year the tests are taken. Terra Nova is an achievement test, not a proficiency test such as the state administers. Proficiency tests are those in which students have been taught all the content and are now being tested on whether or not they “got” it. Achievement tests include content students may not have been specifically taught, but that they could be expected to have mastered according to their cognitive ability. TerraNova 3 is one of the most respected and widely used achievement tests, measuring mastery in the core subjects. TerraNova 3 provides detailed diagnostic information, norm- and criterion-referenced scores, and performance-level data.  Percentiles are rank order scores, indicating that, in a national group of 100 children in the same grade, if a child receives a 59 NP, this child is doing better than 59% of other students tested at the same time and the same grade across the nation. By definition, the median (average middle score) percentile is 50. “Average” scores follow a bell-shaped curve, with most students falling between the 25th (low average) and 75th (high average) percentiles.


Below are the 2016 Diocese of Columbus scores by grade level. The National Percentile (NP) of the mean Normal Curve Equivalent (NCE) gives us an average of how our Diocesan students scored in relation to other students across the nation tested at the same time.


2015 Acre Scores


It is important to remember that a person’s faith can never be truly assessed except by God; it is impossible to know the depth of faith and the quality of discipleship of another human being, for these are known to God alone. However, we can assess factual knowledge and indicators of faith, examining those things that point to accurate knowledge of, true belief in, and regular practice of the Catholic faith. This religious education program assessment tool is used by Catholic schools, parishes, and dioceses. The NCEA IFG: ACRE edition was developed to accomplish four tasks:

  1. To serve as a tool for assessing the effectiveness of catechetical/religious education programs

  2. To summarize how well students in grade 5 (Level 1), grades 8–9 (Level 2), and grades 11–12 (Level 3) have learned the basic teachings of the Catholic church in the preceding years

  3. To assess the religious beliefs, attitudes, practices, and perceptions of students in these grades

  4. To provide information about areas of strength in catechetical/religious education programs as well as areas of weakness that may need additional attention or improvement.

The NCEA IFG: ACRE edition is based on the Catholic Church’s expectations for an organic, systematic, and comprehensive education in Christian discipleship. Currently, it is the only tool that provides national scores for comparison and processes for tracking religious education program data over time.  Below are the percentages for the Columbus Diocese schools compared to the national average of all Catholic schools and to the national average of Catholic schools and religious education programs.


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