Assessment of Children / Youth Religious Education (ACRE)

ACRE 2018: January 2 - February 2

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Overview

Each year during the month of January, the NCEA IFG: ACRE instrument (ACRE) is administered in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to assess religious education efforts in all our parish programs and Catholic schools.

ACRE Dates and Deadlines for January 2018, available now!

For additional information, contact Gabriela Ross, Coordinator of Catechetical Resources in the Office of Catechesis.

To Order ACRE Materials:

  • Go to https://ncea.ets.org/
  • Items to order:
    • Test booklets, 2013 edition - one per student (may be re-used if unmarked)
    • Answer sheets - one per student
    • Individual Student Reports - one per student
    • Header sheets - one per grade
  • The Archdiocese of Indianapolis code for ACRE is "067"
  • For questions regarding ACRE administration in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, please contact Gabriela Ross, Coordinator of Catechetical Resources, 800-302-9836 ext.1437 or gross@archindy.org

Pricing:

  • Click here to see pricing for ACRE materials https://ncea.caltesting.org/docs/prices2015-2017.pdf
  • Note: If your Catholic school holds a membership with the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), you may utilize this membership number to access the discounted member price. Parishes may choose to collaborate with their parochial school when ordering supplies. All others should plan to budget for the non-member price.

Frequently Asked Questions

ACRE Scores

A Note about ACRE Scores:

  • These are standardized scores and should not be compared to those on a typical grading scale where 95% = A, 86% = B etc.
  • Scores should be read in light of hours available for instruction. 
    • For Catholic schools, this is 60-120 hours annually.
    • Parish catechetical programs offer a minimum of 30 instructional hours annually.

Improving ACRE Scores

ACRE Results

The following ACRE Results are called Archdiocesan average scores. This is how they are measured:

After all the parish faith formation programs administer ACRE and receive their individual parish results, the CAL Testing company who processes the tests takes all those parish results and measures them together to come up with one average score for parishes in the Archdiocese. This allows an individual parish to look at their parish scores in each domain and pillar, and compare them to the Archdiocesan average score, to see if their parish results were above or below the average proficiency level in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

The same process is completed measuring all the Catholic school test scores together and the youth ministry test scores together. Because hours of instruction vary greatly between Catholic schools, youth ministry programs, and parish faith formation, they are each measured and scored in their own category. Comparing youth ministry average scores with parish faith formation scores or Catholic school scores will not yield an accurate result.  

After reviewing Archdiocesan average scores, you may wish to compare results with ACRE national average scores by visiting the ACRE web site: http://ncea.caltesting.org.

Parish Results

Catholic School Results

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