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Academic Test Scores and Outcomes

For the past five years, students have been taking the ACT Aspire Summative Assessment at the end of the school year. Students are tested in five subject areas: English, reading, writing, math and science. The ACT assessment is designed to determine three important aspects of student achievement:

  • Subject proficiency levels that are used to predict college and career readiness
  • “Ready,” “Close,” or “In Need of Support” designations, indicating where each child is in terms of being on target to meet ACT’s College and Career Readiness Benchmarks (Students who are “Ready” have scored at or above the benchmark and are likely to experience continued academic success in high school and beyond.)
  • “Improvement Ideas” for parents to work on with their child in particular subject areas; these are also based on specific Common Core Standards.

Schoolwide Outcomes

As part of Holy Trinity’s data analysis process, our staff analyzes these results and compares them with the data we are receiving from our quarterly benchmark assessments (Renaissance Learning STAR Reading and Renaissance Learning STAR Math) and progress in the classroom. Because of the new curriculum and new teaching strategies that have been incorporated over the last four years, special attention has been given to the area of mathematics:

Schoolyear

Above “Ready” Benchmark on ACT Aspire

2013-2014 (5th & 6th only)

57%

2014-2015 (3rd-8th)

66%

2015-2016 (3rd-8th)

75%

2016-2017 (3rd-8th)

79%

2017-18 (3rd-8th)

72%

2018-19 (3rd-8th)

80% (diocesan average 61%; national average 53%)

The percentage of Holy Trinity students designated at or above ACT’s “Ready” benchmark in math remains commendable. The table below shows the percentage of students that met ACT’s proficiency benchmark for Holy Trinity, for the Diocese of Sacramento, and for the nation.The table also shows group percentile ranks for both Holy Trinity and for the diocese:

Grade

Holy Trinity

Diocese

Nation

GR 3

77%/76th

70%/67th

61%

GR 4

91%/78th

64%/62nd

57%

GR 5

64%/64th

55%/57th

52%

GR 6

93%/80th

64%/53rd

60%

GR 7

84%/82nd

55%/60th

44%

2019 ACT English Language Arts (Grades 3-8) Of 155 3rd-8th grade Holy Trinity students tested, 121 (78%) met or exceeded this benchmark.

Argumentation has been identified as one high yield area of focus for this year that will improve both ELA and STEM scores.

Ultimately, these results are used to help us better prepare students for high school, college and career. 97% of last year’s graduates earned ACT’s highest “Gold Level” designation on the 8th grade exam, indicating that they are on track toward being prepared for 93% of jobs in the workforce.