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Office for Catechesis

Religion Assessment

The diocese is scheduled for ACRE assessments on February 1 – 12, 2021. Below is an update from the National Catholic Education Association on assessments during a pandemic. Grades 5, 8 and 11 or 12 should take the assessment. Go to https://www.nceaifg.com/ to register for the assessment.

[Letter quoted from NCEA]

Dear Colleagues:

We pray for the continued safety of all teachers and students as you begin the 2020 school year. Our team is here to support you during this time of uncertainty and change.

The pandemic introduced online learning to many organizations who were not using it previously. As a result, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) online resources are also in greater demand. In response, we have launched NCEA Virtual, an innovative offering which encompasses the enhanced IFG Program (ACRE and Adult Survey) as well as many other tools and offerings for students, teachers and administrators.

Additionally, we recognize all our members are being asked to do more with less and are implementing price reductions to hopefully relieve some anxiety around budget concerns.

Streamlined assessments – The paper and pencil ACRE assessment price remains at $4 per student, but cost for online testing and reporting drops to $2.50 per student.

Packaged professional development – For $9.99 per person, each individual will be able to complete the assessment, identify their areas of weakness and receive immediate access to four online courses addressing those topics. These courses can be viewed anytime, anywhere, on any device. Strengthen your religious education program starting with staff!

Faster feedback – Online reporting now tracks progress and results, identifying strengths and weaknesses by class and by student.

Award-winning technology and support – NCEA was recently named Winner of the Silver American Business Awards (Stevie Awards) - in the Student Assessment Solution Category. Our award-winning staff is here to support you while using the NCEA Virtual platform.

Brand new assessments – We are in the process of rewriting and adding new levels to the ACRE Program to align with the new General Directory for Catechesis. The new version will be available spring 2021.

For those schools not holding in-person classes: We will work with you to administer the online ACRE and Adult Survey remotely as well as the traditional proctored classroom setting. Please email  for more information.

Contact us today to discuss your options for professional development and assessment administration. We are here to serve you, we appreciate the tremendous challenge you are facing and we are grateful for your dedication to staff and students.

Sincerely,

Kathy Mears

Interim President/CEO

[End Quote from NCEA]

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