Textbook publisher and teacher created tests are used to assess student performance throughout the year. The tests, classroom performance, i.e., classwork, participation, and evidence of home study, comprise the basis for progress reports and report cards.
St. Jude Catholic School uses Measures of Academic Progress MAP tests which are given three times a year to students in Kindergarten-8th grade. These tests give teachers an understanding of each student's academic level allowing them to differentiate their instruction appropriately. The MAP assessments are the tools that provide teachers with the detailed information they need to build curriculum and meet their students' needs.
DIBELS, Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills, is an assessment given to students in Kindergarten-2nd grade three times a year to determine their acquisition of literacy and early reading skills.
Each September, the schools in the Diocese of Peoria participate in standardized testing, which provides continuous evaluation of basic educational development in grades 2-8. The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) consists of tests in reading, mathematics, language arts, spelling, study skills, social studies, science, and listening skills – basic skills that are important in all curriculum areas. Composite scores for each battery provide a valuable reference for making decisions concerning a student’s progress and results of these tests assist teachers in planning their lessons and instruction to meet the needs of all the students. The ITBS results are provided to parents and students in November.
Additionally, all schools in the Diocese of Peoria shall administer the NCEA ACRE assessment of religious knowledge, attitude, and practices each January to students enrolled in Grades 5 and 8. SJCS graduates who attend Peoria Notre Dame will be given the ACRE test again in the 11th grade.