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.
- Order local ACRE materials, click here. Schools are strongly encouraged to move to the on-line for affordability reasons. The Archdiocese of Seattle – Office for Catholic Schools ID code is 32380. While the paper/pencil option is still available, NEW answer sheets will need to be purchased – the old version is not compatible. You can email the company at email@example.com any time. You can also call My Catholic Technologies directly at: 913-800-6893. If questions directed for NCEA, please call 1-800-707-6232.
- PLAN YOUR TESTING WINDOW FOR APRIL: Grade 5 and Grade 8 testing battery is about one hour in length. To be part of the annual OCS roll-up data, each school needs to schedule within the April window.
- Rostering information: All students are anonymous.The purpose of the ACRE is to access the program, not the student. By making the student anonymous, that message is relayed to the student as well as the teacher and principal. Registering for online is a simple process. The instructions are sent to the schools immediately after purchase and each student is given a code to use to login and take the assessment. In regard to the paper/pencil version, the instructions and bubble sheets are sent to the respective school and each student will complete a bubble sheet. The schools need to send My Catholic Technologies the sheets for processing as soon as they have administered the assessments. Upon receipt we will scan and score the results. For both online and paper/pencil assessment, My Catholic Technologies will email the results to the principal/contact the local school has provided. Once all schools have been scored, the diocesan report is generated for the OCS.
- The local school should receive their results quickly and the OCS will receive the April roll-up ACRE data in June. Please visit the chart below that demonstrates how our 5th and 8th graders responded to the ACRE assessment. Participating schools: This one pager can assist you as you review your school’s data: IFG_ACRE-OnlineReportAccess-Instructions-041519
- 2019 APRIL ACRE Participating Schools
How have our students performed on the ACRE?