The Diocese of Rockford administers the ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) in the fall to children in grades 3, 5, and 7. The primary purpose of the ITBS tests are instructional development. We use the standardized achievement tests to learn supplementary information useful in choosing curriculum planning. The tests may suggest to teachers areas where skills of individual students are most and least developed.
St. Mary School also administers benchmark testing using the Fountas and Pinnell test. This test helps determine a child's Independent and Instructional Reading Levels. These tests are given in September, January, and May. Results are used by teachers to help best work with each child and determine how best to differentiate their educational plan. Teachers and students make educational goals to be met when the next tests are given. Options to have children tested between scheduled tests are available. Results are sent home for parent review and are used by the teachers to assess growth.