October 19, 2012

Catholic Education Outreach / Gina Fleming

Archdiocesan schools excel on accountability measures

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis prides itself on preparing today’s learner for tomorrow’s world.

With a constant focus on Catholic identity within our rigorous standards in all academic areas, our students continue to shine.

Our Catholic school results on the state ISTEP+ tests for 2012 are just one example.

ISTEP+ was administered this past spring to all students in grades 3-8 in Mathematics and Reading/Language Arts (ELA).

Fourth- and sixth-grade students were also assessed in Science, and fifth- and seventh-grade students also took the Social Studies (SocS) assessment. Every school utilizes this data in addition to building-level data to set school improvement goals that continue to enhance instruction and learning in our Catholic schools.

Data shown in the table below represents the passing percentage for each grade level in the tested content areas followed by the total percentages for both students tested in the archdiocese and all students tested in Indiana.

What is A-F accountability?

This past year, Indiana shifted to a more comprehensive way of measuring and reporting school performance as required by state law. Each school is assigned a “grade” (A-F) taking into account a variety of factors, including student performance on standardized assessments and student growth from one year to the next.

Based on an unofficial preliminary report, the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education is eager to share our results with you. Upon release of the official final “grades,” each school’s report may be found at the Indiana Department of Education’s COMPASS website at www.compass.doe.in.gov. To learn more, log on to http://doe.in.gov/improvement/accountability/f-accountability.

We are proud of our students, their teachers and parents for this fine showing on these high-stakes accountability measures for yet another school year.

Keep up the great work!

Schools results


(Gina Fleming is assistant superintendent of Catholic Schools in the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education. E-mail her at gfleming@archindy.org.)

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