Standardized Testing / Assessment

High schools in the Archdiocese develop local assessment programs that include standardized testing. Unlike the elementary schools, there is no Archdiocesan-wide testing program for the high schools.

High schools in the Archdiocese give the PLAN test to 10th grade students, and make available the American College Testing (ACT), the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) to college bound students in eleventh and twelfth grades. Some schools administer additional standardized tests to students of other grade levels. Results of standardized assessments are used by school personnel to assist students and parents with decisions about high school curriculum, and post-secondary and career planning.

It is important to recognize that standardized testing is only one measure of achievement and should not be used as the sole means for judging success or quality. It is not appropriate to compare standardized test scores among high schools of the Archdiocese, since some schools accept students of all academic abilities and others have highly selective admissions criteria.