St. Patrick School Community,

Data collection and analysis is a very important task that successful schools must perform to be able to provide the best possible curriculum,
methodologies, and instruction based on evidence.  There are many different measures that we will be using moving forward that include MAP testing, benchmark assessments and the High School Placement Test (HSPT) that our 8th graders take.  Below is a sample of the data that is being collected and analyzed to see what areas we can continue to grow our middle school program.  The results of the testing are very good but there is always room for improvement and reflection in our practice.  The data reflects students of all developmental levels, learning styles and ability which makes the 80% above the average in both national and local percentiles so impressive.  The scores below will translate into thousands of dollars of scholarship awards to the local Catholic and private high schools.

We understand the importance of making the transition to high school
a successful one and are putting measures into place to increase this baseline of data in the future.  One such measure that we will be putting in place is an HSPT preparation course that is currently being developed by me and a distinguished member or the Arlington Catholic High School faculty who is well known in the community for their HSPT test prep.  This course will be for 7th and 8th graders and its purpose will be to prepare our students to perform to their highest abilities on the HSPT.  A workshop series will be offered to our current 7th graders during the 3rd trimester this school year.

Class of 2017 High School Placement Test Highlights

Composite Scores:

  • 80% of the St Patrick School students total composite score was above the average in both the national percentile and local percentile
  • 1/3 of the students total composite score was in the 90th percentile nationally and ¼ of the students were in the 90th percentile locally
    • 1 student in the 99th percentile, 2 students in the 98th percentile and 1 student in the 96th percentile
  • Median St. Patrick student’s national percentile = 82nd
  • Median St. Patrick student’s local percentile = 80th
  • 50% of the St. Patrick students scored higher than at least 80% of the students locally

Specific Content Highlights:

  • Over 70% of the St. Patrick students scored above average nationally and locally in math
  • 88% of St. Patrick students scored above average both nationally and locally in language and 10/24 scored at or above the 90th percentile
  • 42% of the St. Patrick students scored in the 90th percentile and above nationally and locally in language
  • 38% of the St. Patrick students scored in the 90th percentile and above nationally and locally in verbal
  • Median St. Patrick student’s national reading percentile = 75th
  • Median St. Patrick student’s national math percentile = 74th
Principal Letter February 15th, 2017