National Data

  • According to the results of the 2007 NAEP Catholic School students scored higher than the national public school average in every category in both grades 4 and 8, by as many as 21 points.
  • According to the 2008 results of the SAT students in religiously affiliated schools scored higher than the national public school average in every category, by as many as 65 points.
  • According to a 2004 National Center for Education Statistics High School Transcript Study private school students were more likely to…
    • Earn more credits
    • Take more AP/IB classes
    • Achieve a higher GPA
  • Catholic school students stay in high school longer than students in other schools (99.1 percent of students in catholic high schools graduate)
  • Catholic school students attend college at a higher rate (97 percent of Catholic high school graduates attend four-year colleges, community colleges or technical schools)
  • According to the US Census Bureau a majority of upper income families (defined as making more than $75,000 a year) send their children to public schools. Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Atlanta are diverse socio-economically as well as racially, ethnically, and religiously.

Archdiocese of Atlanta Data

IOWA Assessment

Archdiocesan students are tested annually in grades 2-7 using the Iowa Assessment (IA). This national examination serves as a standard to assist Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Atlanta in assessing the delivery and mastery of the curriculum. Student performance on the IA is utilized by schools to inform annual goals, to guide professional development efforts, and as an indicator in the pursuit of continuous improvement.  All scores reflect 2017 national percentile rankings.

Core Composite Total

K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
94 82 86 79 80 80 80 82 85

Language Arts Total

K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
91 82 83 81 85 85 86 89 90

Math Total

K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
94 84 89 79 77 78 78 77 82

Social Studies Total

K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
* 82 85 75 80 81 79 81 80

Science Total

K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
* 85 85 82 82 80 79 76 79

* Subject not assessed at this grade level.

IFG: ACRE

Each year the “Information for Growth Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education” (IFG: ACRE) is administered to all Archdiocesan students, both Catholic and non-Catholic, in grades 5, 8, and 12. The IFG: ACRE is produced by the National Catholic Educational Association and serves as an integrated approach to assessment offering both faith knowledge (cognitive domain) as well as beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and practices (affective domain) sections. Results of the IFG: ACRE are used by Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Atlanta to guide the implementation and development of religious instruction and formation.

Average Archdiocesan IFG: ACRE Results 2017

Domains Grade 5 Grade 8 Grade 12
Knowledge of Faith 78.2% 85.2% 76.1%
Liturgical Life 77.5% 79.6% 79.4%
Moral Formation 83.1% 88.5% 83.4%
Prayer 73% 83.3% 85.1%
Communal Life 78.5% 80% 85.5%
Missionary Spirit 68% 88.5% 79.3%
Pillars Grade 5 Grade 8 Grade 12
Profession of Faith (Creed) 77.4% 83.5% 82.6%
The Celebration of the Christian Mystery (Liturgy and Sacraments) 77.5% 83.5% 82.6%
Life in Christ (Morality) 79.1% 88.2% 82.2%
Christian Prayer (Prayer) 73% 83.3% 70.4%
Group Average 77.1% 84.7% 81.1%
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