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