New results from a standardized assessment taken by Denver Catholic school students show that our students are performing above grade level across the board.
The Iowa assessment is a standardized test used by both Catholic schools and public schools across the nation. It is a norm referenced test, meaning it measures what students already know and not necessarily what they have learned in school. Students in grades two through eight take the Iowa assessments mid-year, and results are compared with other students across the country who took the same test.
Results from midway through the 2016 school year show that Denver Catholic school students are performing above grade level, specifically when it comes to core composite knowledge, which includes reading, writing, vocabulary and mathematics.
The typical student is expected to grow one full grade level with each passing school year; according to the results from the Iowa assessment, Denver Catholic school students in grades two through eight are showing growth by more than one year.
The most notable examples are seventh and eighth graders in Denver Catholic schools, who are performing two grade levels ahead.
Research is beginning to show that student progress on the Iowa assessments of more than a year may be attributed to the effectiveness of the teacher and quality of the school experience.
To learn more about the Iowa assessments, visit http://archden.org/schools/office-catholic-schools/