Assessment of Children / Youth
Religious Education (ACRE)

ACRE logo Overview

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.

Below you will find information about ACRE materials, important dates and deadlines, interpreting your results, and using ACRE data to improve your religious education efforts.

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


ACRE Materials

Three Ways to Order:

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To Order ACRE Materials:

  • Fill out the ACRE order form and mail, email, or fax it in, according to the instructions on the order form. They DO offer next day and 2-day shipping for an additional fee.
  • If you prefer to order online, go to
  • If they ask for a diocesan code, our code is "067"
  • Items to order:
    • Test booklets, 2013 edition - one per student (may be re-used if unmarked)
    • Answer sheets - one per student
    • Individual Student Reports - one per student
    • Header sheets - one per grade
  • You can download the ACRE Administration Manual for free.
  • When you are done administering ACRE, follow the mailing instructions below.
  • For questions regarding ACRE administration in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, please contact Gabriela Ross, Coordinator of Catechetical Resources, 800-302-9836 ext.1437 or

ACRE Dates and Deadlines:

Mailing Instructions:

After completing ACRE, here's what you need to do:

  • Put the answer sheets in a pile by grade (5th grade pile, 8th grade pile, 11th grade pile, if applicable)
  • Fill out your orange “header sheet(s)” and put one on top of each grade pile.
  • Put all the piles together in one box or large mailing envelope.
  • Fill out this cover sheet and place it in the box/mailing envelope, on top of all the materials.
  • Put it in the mail by the postmark deadline. This year, it is: Friday, February 16, 2018.


  • Click here to see pricing for ACRE materials
  • Note: If your Catholic school holds a membership with the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), you may utilize this membership number to access the discounted member price. Parishes may choose to collaborate with their parochial school when ordering supplies. All others should plan to budget for the non-member price.

Frequently Asked Questions

ACRE Scores

A Note about ACRE Scores:

  • These are standardized scores and should not be compared to those on a typical grading scale where 95% = A, 86% = B etc.
  • Scores should be read in light of hours available for instruction. 
    • For Catholic schools, this is 60-120 hours annually.
    • Parish catechetical programs offer a minimum of 30 instructional hours annually.

Improving ACRE Scores

How to Understand Archdiocesan Scores

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:

ACRE Scores for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis

2018 ACRE Data Available 4/16/2018


Catholic School

NCEA National ACRE Scores

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