ACRE Test Scores


The ACRE test is administered to students in 5th and 8th grade.

- The acronym stands for Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education.

- This test is published by the NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association).

- The NCEA ACRE is an assessment based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the most recent catechetical documents.

- The purpose of the NCEA ACRE is to evaluate the effectiveness of a religion program: 

The printed curriculum communicated during a teaching-learning session and the formative experiences in and with the faith community, for example, Sunday Liturgy.





ACRE Scores for SVdP students in grades 5th and 8th testing in Spring of 2015 indicated that in the main category of “Faith Knowledge”:

95.7% of all 5th grade students tested “Proficient” or “Advanced”
97.9% of all 8th grade students tested “Proficient” or “Advanced”


“No single evaluative paper and pencil instrument can measure a person’s love of God or faith. However, especially in the formative years, knowing where one stands in relation to knowledge of the faith and faith awareness can help engender a desire to know more about God and the Church. The goal of catechesis/religious education is to foster a relationship with Jesus Christ that leads to maturity in faith. Such maturity will only be achieved through a lifelong pursuit of prayerful faith formation based on the realization that “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5). The revised NCEA ACRE is a tool to assist school and parish catechetical leaders in providing a sound comprehensive religion program.”