Mater Dei Academy

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Standardized testing is designed to serve the needs of all students by striving to improve the quality of instruction in a school. Both basic skills and aptitude tests are administered. The basic skills tests measure a student’s mastery of skills while the aptitude test seeks to measure the student’s capacity to acquire knowledge and skills. The following testing program is administered:

  • Early Prevention of School Failure
  • Cognitive Abilities Test
  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills
  • Ohio Writing Proficiency
  • ACRE- Assessment of Catechesis Religious Education


Catholic elementary schools within the Diocese of Cleveland administer the Iowa Assessments Form E, the newest version of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).   The Iowa Assessments Form E reflects those changes in curriculum and instruction that place greater emphasis on problem-solving and critical thinking skills—the skills emphasized in career- and college-readiness.  The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Cleveland take great pride in preparing students to be faith-filled leaders as they move from school to college and the workforce.  It is our desire to ensure that we bring to fullness all the gifts and talents with which God has blessed your child.  Aligning our curriculum, assessments and instructional practices with Riverside Publishing’s latest version of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is appropriate for our 21st century students.

At Mater Dei Academy, we are well underway in challenging our students to use problem solving and critical thinking skills.  The new version of the Iowa Assessment is quite challenging.  In our second year of administering this new test, we are pleased to say that our students have continued to do very well.  The following is a list of composite grade equivalent scores for each grade. This number comprises Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science and shows the grade level at which the class as a whole is progressing.  Included are composite scores for both this year and last year so that you can get a better picture of student progress.


The first grade equivalent score of 2.4 means that the class is achieving at a second grade and four months level.  This score would be expected by a second grade student if he/she were taking the first grade test in December of their second grade year.


Grade                                        Grade Equivalent                    Grade Equivalent                   Grade Equivalent                         

                                                    Spring 2016                           Spring 2015                             Spring 2014      

First                                                 2.1                                             2.1                                           1.9

Second                                            3.1                                                2.7                                             3.1

Third                                               3.6                                               4.0                                             4.0

Fourth                                             5.1                                               5.3                                              5.5

Fifth                                                 6.3                                              6.6                                              6.4

Sixth                                                7.9                                              7.3                                               7.3

Seventh                                          8.6                                              9.7                                                9.9

Eighth                                           12.5                                             12.3                                               12.5