IFG ACRE Religion Assessment for Grades 5 and 8 (Levels 1 and 2)
The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) is now working with a new company, My Catholic Faith Technologies to deliver a stronger online platform for the IFG ACRE Religious Education Assessment, to learn more, please click here.
What is the ACRE?
Since the late 1970’s NCEA has offered assessment instruments designed to strengthen catechetical/religious education programs. The ACRE (Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education) helps schools, parishes and diocesan leaders evaluate the faith knowledge and attitudes of students in Catholic schools. As an integrated assessment tool, ACRE provides faith knowledge questions (cognitive domain) and questions related to religious beliefs, attitudes, practices, and perceptions (affective domain). 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.
How is the ACRE part of the Strategic Plan?
In the Archdiocese of Seattle, we implemented K – 12 Religion Standards in 2014. The High School Religion Standards are now available to our high school theology teachers for courses 1-6. Our strategic plan calls for the final piece of this puzzle: a nationally normed test that assesses the religious and theological preparation of our students. We test annually each APRIL.
Who receives the results?
The local Catholic school will receive a group report for each ACRE leveled assessment used in a school. Only the archdiocese should get the composite report of all the schools. The archdiocese can share the overall scores, but not the individual school scores publicly. As a multilevel, age-appropriate tool, ACRE will be administered in grade 5 (Level 1) and grade 8 (Level 2) in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle each APRIL.