Standardized test scores are not the only measure of a school’s quality. These tests are designed to assess an individual student’s performance compared to all students nationally. They do not compare a school’s quality to other schools. Many other factors should affect your decision about which school your child should attend, including: educational philosophy, curriculum quality, teacher credentials, class size, location, cost, availability of resources, discipline policy, opportunities for parental involvement and communications.
St. Maria Goretti High School students participate in several standardized assessments. All incoming freshmen are required to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT), which provides a useful baseline for the school in assessing student performance prior to enrollment at Goretti. As a college preparatory high school, we provide students three opportunities to take the PSAT, with freshmen taking the PSAT 8/9 and sophomores and juniors taking the PSAT/NMSQT in October of each year. Traditionally, all students take the SAT, with an increasing number of students taking the ACT.
The school utilizes test data from these assessments to make data-informed decisions in regards to curriculum. In addition, the Guidance Department works with juniors and seniors to provide recommendations or resources with regard to standardized assessment performance during the college application process.