Magazine article Momentum

Why Use a Religious Education Assessment Tool?

Magazine article Momentum

Why Use a Religious Education Assessment Tool?

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NCEA offers the Assessment of Child/Youth Religious Education, ACRE, as an integrated assessment tool providing faith knowledge questions (cognitive domain) and questions related to religious beliefs, attitudes, practices and perceptions (affective domain).

A multi-level, developmental and age appropri ate tool, it is used in grades 5 (level 1 ), grades 8 or 9 (Level 2) and grades 11-12 (Level 3). All levels are aligned to the six tasks of catechesis as out lined in the General Directory for Catechesis: knowledge of the faith, liturgical life, moral formation, prayer, communal life and missionary spirit.

Here are seven reasons why the ACRE tool can benefit your Catholic school:

1 Evaluates Program Effectiveness

Educators can better understand what areas students know well and what areas need extra attention.

2 Acknowledges the understanding of what students know, believe, and do related to Catholic faith.

Student beliefs, attitudes, practices and perceptions are formed daily through their constant exposure to the secular world. As Catholic educators, we are tasked with working to ensure the faith formation of our students.

3 Identifies areas for professional development.

Educators who are not educated formerly through vocation and catechesis training can determine what professional development opportunities will be most beneficial to their continuing education.

4 Maps religion/faith formation curriculum using national norms. …

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