Catholic elementary schools score high in national testing

Catholic elementary students in the Diocese of Jefferson City have collectively scored above national averages in every grade level according to this year’s standardized test results.

In October, the Iowa Assessment was administered to students at 37 Catholic elementary schools across the Diocese of Jefferson City — the diocese covers 38 counties in central and northeastern Missouri. Students in grades 3-8 took the tests.

The results show that collectively diocesan students in every grade exceeded the national averages. Remarkably, diocesan students in fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades are performing at or above a grade level higher than their current grades. The results also reflect a strong response to pandemic learning challenges across the diocese, with no signs of pandemic- related academic decline demonstrated in the data.

“I congratulate our students, parents, teachers and administrators for this success. Everyone in the Diocese of Jefferson City can feel proud of our Catholic education system — our strength comes from their longstanding support,” said Dr. Erin Vader, superintendent. “As always, the focus of our mission is creating a Christ-centered environment for learning, where students can grow in their Catholic faith as they benefit from our strong academic tradition. Our hope is for every child to grow into a thoughtful, generous and charitable citizen who reflects Christ’s light in this world.”

Approximately 7,000 students attend Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Jefferson City. The cost of education is largely borne by donations to the parish of the school, making Catholic education accessible to more Catholic students.