Academic Achievement

Terra Nova Test Scores

Students at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School take the TerraNova Test each spring. The studentsí scores are then compared to students throughout the country and a percentile is assigned to each student. The percentile indicates the percentage of test takers that a particular student scored equal to or better than. The typical student nationwide would score at the 50th percentile.

Each school receives a report of the median national percentile for each grade level. This indicates where the typical student at that school would perform. The longer students are at St. Michael, the higher their median national percentile scores are. St. Michael students in the second grade score at the national median (50th percentile). However, by fifth grade, the median total score for St. Michael has risen to 8 points above the national median (58th percentile) and by seventh grade, the median total score is 11 points above the national median (61st percentile). By eighth grade, the median national score for St. Michael students is 22 points above the national median (72nd percentile). This allows our graduates to gain admittance to some of the most selective high schools in the Chicagoland area, including St. Ignatius College Prep, De La Salle Institute, Marian Catholic High School, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, Lane Tech College Prep, and King College Prep, among many others.

For more information on the Terra Nova please visit the Archdiocese of Chicago Website

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