Below is a simple chart I put together to illustrate how well Saint Patrick School students perform on standardized testing. The chart shows the average scores for grades 2-8 in the content areas of Reading, Language Usage, Mathematics and Science. I input the average scores for Saint Patrick School, all of the elementary schools in the Grand Rapids Diocese and all the elementary schools in the nation, both private and public, who take the NWEA MAPs tests.
The entire Diocese, as well as St. Pat’s, have shown achievement gains since the fall of 2013! Specifically for St. Pat’s, our scores have improved in Reading, Language Usage and Mathematics since the same time last school year. This is the first time our students have taken the science test. As you can see from the chart, our students performed very well on the science test (coming from a former middle school science teacher) and I’ve been ecstatic about the results!
Testing is a small glimpse of what we do at St. Pat’s and it’s only one factor in being a great school. The reason why St. Pat’s is such a great school is that we have an outstanding Catholic culture where our students can live and breathe our mission every day: To Know God, To Love God, To Serve All. It’s this culture that ultimately allows the children to perform academically in the classroom.
I’m very proud of our staff, students and parents who work together to make St. Pat’s a school where students can thrive.