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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS EXCEED NATIONAL STANDARDIZED ACHIEVEMENT TEST NORMS

Chicago, IL (May 25, 2010) – The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools announced today the results of standardized achievement tests administered in 2010 to third, fifth, and seventh grade students.  The test scores demonstrate that, in every major grouping of schools, the students achieved scores above the national average for all subtests.

The average total score (combined performance of Reading, Language, Math) for the 215 elementary schools across Lake and Cook Counties are at the 72nd percentile for third graders, 72nd percentile for fifth graders, and 80th percentile for seventh graders.

Performance on science and social studies tests at schools across the Archdiocese exceeded national norms with: third graders scoring at the 73rd and 75th percentiles, respectively; fifth graders scoring at the 70th and 71st percentiles, respectively; and seventh graders scoring at the 68th and 77th percentiles, respectively.

Total scores of Catholic school students in the City of Chicago were equally impressive with results at the 65th percentile for third grade students, the 65th percentile for fifth grade students and the 74th percentile for seventh grade students.

Further, Catholic school students in Chicago also scored above national norms in science and social studies with: third grade students at the 69th and the 71st percentiles, respectively; fifth grade students at the 63rd percentile and the 64th percentiles; and seventh grade students at the 62nd and 73rd percentiles, respectively.

In Catholic schools supported by the Big Shoulders Fund, where the students are 80 percent minority and 61 percent at the poverty level, every score in all five testing areas was above the national norm.

In the United States, TerraNova tests, published by California-based CTB-McGraw Hill, are widely used by both public and Catholic school systems. TerraNova tests are dually aligned with Archdiocesan curricula and Illinois State Learning Standards.

The Archdiocese of Chicago requires the administration of TerraNova tests to students in grades three, five and seven. Many schools in the Archdiocese elect to administer in other grades.  In 2011, the TerraNova will be administered between February 28 and March 11 to students at Catholic elementary schools in Cook and Lake counties.

TerraNova 3 Test Results 2010
National Percentile (NP) Scores

Elementary School Grades

Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools

Catholic Schools in Chicago

Catholic Schools Big Shoulders Fund

 

3rd

5th

7th

3rd

5th

7th

3rd

5th

7th

Reading

67

70

75

62

64

71

50

52

64

Language

70

70

81

63

64

76

50

52

67

Math

71

69

75

65

63

68

53

51

59

Total

72

72

80

65

65

74

52

52

64

Science

73

70

68

69

63

62

58

50

54

Social Studies

75

71

77

71

64

73

60

53

65

NOTE: National Percentiles are National Percentile of the mean normal curve equivalent score. The above data reflects Archdiocese of Chicago Elementary Schools.

These test results suggest that the longer a student remains in Archdiocesan schools, the greater his or her achievement.

For more information about Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, or to locate a Catholic  elementary or high school in Cook or Lake Counties, please visit schools.archchicago.org

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