IFG ACRE Religion Assessment for Grades 5 and 8 (Levels 1 and 2)
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). Please visit: Specifics About NCEA Assessments
How is the ACRE part of the Strategic Plan?
In the Archdiocese of Seattle, we implemented Religion Standards in 2014. The newly vetted Secondary 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.
Who receives the results?
The local site, parish or Catholic school, will receive a group report for each ACRE leveled assessment used in a school. To assist in local professional development planning, leaders at both the school and diocese level can also request a composite summary report of all NCEA ACRE participating schools and parishes in the (arch)diocese. As a multilevel, age-appropriate tool, ACRE will be administered in grade 5 (Level 1) and grade 8 (Level 2).
How are the assessments administered?
Schools may choose either the on-line or the paper/pencil option. The paper/pencil option allows schools to engage in a process to align standards at each grade level with the assessment. NCEA Assessment User Resources includes Guides, Practice Tests and other useful information you can download. For order information specific to our archdiocese go to OCS ACRE Information. You can order directly from NCEA Ordering ACRE.
What happens when the ACRE assessment is over?
Schools using paper/pencil method, need to get answer sheets in the mail quickly. When the testing window closes, the company will begin their invoicing protocol to each school locally. Once the school pays their bill, the company will confirm payment and the testing results will be released to the local school.The OCS will receive the April ACRE data in June.
How have our students performed on the ACRE?