Students Scoring Far Above National Percentiles
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
An editorial in today's Chicago Tribune titled, CPS test scores plunge as reality intrudes leads with this:
"Chicago Public Schools officials revealed Tuesday that only 52.5 percent
of the district's elementary students met or exceeded state academic standards in
the last school year. That's a nearly 22-percentage-point plunge from a year earlier."
Well, before jumping to conclusions, read the whole editorial. It talks about how
the state "dumbed down the tests to avoid sanctions from the federal No Child
Left Behind Act," and how these new results are due to changes in the "Illinois
Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) in anticipation of meeting new national standards
known as the common core curriculum."
All that said, we would just like to mention that all of our Catholic school 3rd,
5th and 7th graders take the nationally-normed Terra Nova tests. Our results for
our 2013 test-takers again show that Catholic school students significantly outperform
the national percentile in every testing category.
Most notably our 7th graders broke into the 80th percentile this Spring. That's
a great indicator for how prepared our young men and women are becoming for the
Our teachers, principals and families are to be commended for all the work they've
done, and will continue to do! For more information about our approach to student
achievement, visit our Academics
Also, stay tuned in the coming months for a more detailed set of Catholic school
profiles on our website. We've heard from many families and stakeholders who
are looking for a clearer and more uniform sense for individual Catholic school
metrics across the Archdiocese.