• IFG ACRE Religion Assessment for Grades 5 and 8

    IFG ACRE Religion Assessment for Grades 5 and 8

    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, NCEA ACRE in our Archdiocese of Seattle 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. Please follow this link, NCEA Assessment Resources, and you can download: System Requirements, Assessment Registration Guide-Online, Installation Guide, Administrator Guide, IFG:ACRE Interpretation Manual, Proctor Guides, 2015-2016 National Stats Tables, and the Assessment Return Cover Sheet.

    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 testing company will begin their invoicing protocol to each school locally. Once the school pays their bill, the testing 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.

    Office for Catholic Schools - Specific ordering information: Grades 5 and 8 test annually for the ACRE Religion Assessment. We test in the month of April. The 2018 - 2019 ACRE Testing window is April 1 - 30, 2019. To order, you will need to refer to your NCEA membership number. You do not need to be a member of NCEA to order the ACRE, however, to receive a school discount, you do need to be an NCEA member. The Archdiocese of Seattle ordering code is 142. If you cannot find your school's membership number, contact NCEA at 1-800-711-6232 or call us in the Office for Catholic Schools.
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