Each year the students of St. Mary’s complete standardized tests as required by the Diocesan Testing Program. The testing program for schools within the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is designed to serve and assist teachers and administrators in a systemic evaluation of the curriculum and planning of instruction. Additional individual standardized testing programs are also used in some grades to determine how best to meet students’ needs in specific areas.
The information below is provided to assist parents in understanding:
If you have any questions about these exams or would like to discuss your child's results, do not hesitate to contact the principal or classroom teacher.
measures of academic progress (map testing)
MAP Growth tests measure the development of verbal, mathematical, and spatial reasoning abilities that are essential for success in school. The exam adjusts to each student's responses, creating a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance. The reports help teachers to form their instruction and enable students and parents to understand what they are ready to learn next. MAP tests are administered to students in grades K-8. Use the Parent's Guide to MAP Growth for for assistance with understanding your child's scores.
Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) is a research-validated program that utilizes above-grade-level assessment, as a means of gifted testing, to help parents and educators better understand their students’ educational needs. NUMATS allows eligible students to take internationally recognized tests before the grade levels at which they are normally administered. The PSAT™8/9 test, designed for students in grades 8 and 9, is administered to students in grades 3 through 6. SAT® and ACT®, designed for students in grades 11 and 12, are administered to students in grades 6 through 9. NUMATS identifies academic ability, measures growth and connects students to resources and opportunities for advanced students.
Star Assessments are short tests that provide teachers with learning data. Star tests are computer adaptive, which means they adjust to each answer a child provides. This helps teachers get the best data to help the child in the shortest amount of testing time. A child may take a Star test for early literacy, math, reading, or other subjects of his/her teacher’s choice. STAR assessments are administered to students in grades 1-5. Please read "A Parent's Guide to STAR Assessments" if you would like additional information.