How Do Local Catholic School Students Measure Up?
— GRACE System WKCE Comparison Fall 2009 Data —
GREEN BAY, WI – The Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) System, for the first time, has released the 2009 Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is correlated to the public school’s Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Exam (WKCE). This is the first time that the local Catholic schools have been able to compile data as a system and compare it to the Wisconsin Public Schools’ WKCE Data — a direct result of gathering the 10 Green Bay Area Catholic Schools together to form the GRACE System.
“We are very, very pleased with the results,” commented GRACE System President Carol Conway-Gerhardt. “The results clearly illustrate that our GRACE students excel in Reading, Language Arts and Math.”
MAPS results correlated to public schools’ WKCE
All GRACE students in grades K – 8 take the MAP assessment. All students from Grade 3 through 8 and Grade 10 take the WKCE in the public schools. The subject areas where correlations have been made include: Grades 4 and 8 in Language Arts and Grades 3 through 8 in Reading and Mathematics for fall 2009.
The State of Wisconsin WKCE Test ranks students into four knowledge categories: Minimal, Basic, Proficient and Advanced. With all 10 of the GRACE schools reporting, the GRACE System demonstrates 86% to 99% of students identified as Proficient or Advanced at all grade levels and in all three content areas, Reading, Language Arts and Math.
About Holy Cross Catholic School
Located on the growing northeast side of Green Bay at the historic crossroads of Church and Bay Settlement Roads, Holy Cross Catholic School is the point at which faith, community and education converge. The school educates children within the Catholic faith and provides them with opportunities to develop the values, attitudes and skills that will enable them to become vital members of the community. Holy Cross Catholic School has been in existence since 1868 and has an enrollment of nearly 20o students in grades 4K to 8th grade.
The Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) system is the largest Catholic school system in Wisconsin. A collaborative school ministry of the 23 Green Bay area Catholic parishes, GRACE was formed in 2008 to provide affordable, high quality Catholic early childhood, elementary and middle-school education. It serves 2728 students at ten neighborhood school sites located throughout the Green Bay area. Over 125 students of other faith denominations attend the GRACE schools. The GRACE system employs over 250 people with a total annual community investment of $10.5 million. The system has just completed a three-year planning and consolidation process that involved the 23 faith communities, parents and staff. It will assume full school operations on July 1, 2011.