Achievement Tests

Standardized test scores are key tools by which a school can measure and compare its effectiveness. At St. Paul, we are very proud of our achievement test scores. Our students have consistently scored well above the national average.

Terra Nova

The Terra Nova Assessments are given each year to students in grades 2 through 8 in March. This standardized test is designed to measure growth across all curriculum areas in achievement and critical thinking skills. Individual schools from across the United States complete the tests and are then ranked on a national average.


The ACRE test is administered to 5th and 8th grade students. This is an assessment of faith development.


All students in grades 1 through 8 will be administered the i-Ready test twice a year. It is a K-12 adaptive diagnostic for reading and mathematics that pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level, and ongoing progress monitoring shows whether students are on track to achieve end-of-year targets. This diagnostic is helpful in providing differentiated instruction and for identifying gaps spanning back multiple years, or for determining where students are ready for further challenge.

Star AR Reading

The STAR assessment is a computer-adaptive test that identifies a student’s reading level, and the Accelerated Reader (AR) program provides an assessment of reading comprehension skills. These dual data-driven programs are used in grades K through 8 to help teachers, students, and parents monitor individual literacy skills and progress as students work toward becoming independent readers.