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Catholic officials report high marks for schools



Published: Sat, October 7, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Younger pupils also did very well on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Tenth- and 11th-graders in the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown high schools scored well above state minimum standards on the annual Ohio Graduation Tests.

Their marks were also well above the state average for public high schools.

The Office of Catholic Schools has released its annual "Catholic Schools Report Card" which is similar to the Ohio Department of Education's annual public school report card rating of academic achievement.

The diocese also had a very high graduation rate, reaching 99.5 percent for this year as compared with the state minimum standard requirement of 90 percent, according to the report.

Attendance last school year, at 96.5 percent, was also ahead of the 93 percent state standard, the report said.

Younger pupils

Diocesan pupils in kindergarten through the seventh grade took the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills this spring and scored in the top percentiles of children taking the tests nationally.

In most cases, every grade level scored in the top 20 percent to 25 percent in the three areas tested: reading, language and math.

The report card also contained results of the Faith Knowledge section of the Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education given to pupils in grades five, eight and 12.

Children in the diocese scored at or above the national average for all Catholic school pupils taking that assessment.

"This report card states very clearly that Catholic schools of the Diocese of Youngstown are providing excellent programs that lead to significant student achievement," said Dr. Michael Skube, the diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools.

"Parents' investment in Catholic schools is an important way to assure their children's growth in the Catholic faith and academic progress," he said.

The diocese has 37 elementary and six high schools serving more than 10,000 pupils in its six-county area.




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