Annually, the academic achievement of the elementary and secondary students is assessed for academic growth. The Department of Catholic Schools has implemented the Terra Nova Assessment 3rd Edition for students in grades two through eleven (optional for secondary school students).
The Terra Nova is a nationwide norm-referenced test and scores the students of the diocese in relationship to all students in the United States who participate in this assessment. With the national average at a score of 50%, the schools of the Diocese of Trenton characteristically score 75% or higher on the Terra Nova assessments.
Students in kindergarten and first grade are assessed in the classroom through daily formative assessment practices and observation. This is in keeping with appropriate developmental practices for early childhood.
Our students do not participate in the PARCC assessment.
The elementary school students score higher than the national average in reading, language arts and math on the Terra Nova assessments. Science and social studies assessments are optional.
Secondary school students take the PSAT, SAT, Act and AP assessments at various times during their high school experience.