In March 2013, Saint Cecilia Catholic School received its first accreditation evaluation from the Washington Catholic Education Association (WCEA). In recognition of our commitment to student learning and quality Catholic education, the WCEA awarded Saint Cecilia Catholic School a six-year accreditation.
Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
Our standardized testing results are proof that our teachers are doing an excellent job and that parents are holding high expectations at home. All students in kindergarten through 8th grade at Saint Cecilia take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). The ITBS is a comprehensive national test. Students take the test in October each year. Students are tested in reading, language, mathematics, social studies, science, and sources of information. This year students in grade 3 took the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test). Our staff uses the test results to assess the effectiveness of our teaching and to discern where more work should be done. Test scores in all subjects and grade levels indicate that our students are performing above grade level.
The average test scores for our students have been in the top 10% of the nation.
Standardized tests are one assessment tool among many. Other tools used at St. Cecilia’s include teacher observations, homework, in-class tests, and report cards. Results of all of these tools are reviewed to determine areas requiring more teaching time and attention. SCCS is committed to the constant improvement of our students’ education experience. We are proud of our students and their test results, we’re grateful that they offer our parents and teachers an overview of student progress, and we’re committed to providing a curriculum that is challenging for every student.