ACRE and IFG shipping charges are calculated separately
|Answer Sheets or Header Sheets only (any number)||$9.50|
|Individual Student Reports only||no charge|
|1 to 10 Booklets and Answer Sheets (any number)||$9.50|
|11 to 50 Booklets and Answer Sheets (any number)||$17.00|
|51 to 200 Booklets and Answer Sheets (any number)||$22.00|
|over 200 Booklets and Answer Sheets (any number)||$32.00|
|DVD or VHS||no charge|
|Overnight Shipping (in addition to regular charges)||add 15.00|
"How effective is your parish or school's Religious Education Program? The newly revised NCEA ACRE testing program has arrived and will meet your needs to demonstrate the effectiveness of catechesis to today's youth. As a member of the writing team for this contemporary assessment tool, I can assure you that the latest and the greatest - a fresh "read" is here on how we have evangelized our kids in light of the faith. NCEA ACRE will reflect an authentic expression of Church doctrine with today's vision - using the gifts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the General Directory for Catechesis. Assess now to promote a faith-filled future!"
Sr. Antoine Therese Lawlor, IHM, MA
Since it is now possible to administer the NCEA ACRE at any point during the year, the 8th graders in our summer catechetical program recently completed the survey. Receiving results in just a few days following the administration, it was wonderful to realize some important things about the way our children our learning and living their faith.
The scores of our summer program participants were not vastly different when the 8th graders complete the NCEA ACRE in the summer as compared with the results of smaller samples of summer participants who completed the assessment in January or March following their summer session. This leads to the following insights:
ACRE is a most effective instrument for helping catechetical leaders measure how well they are meeting the goals of their religion programs for developing Catholic identity, faith, and values in children and youth. I would encourage any Catholic school or parish religion program to incorporate this valuable tool into its religion curriculum.
Monsignor John M. Unger
Our experience with ACRE has been very positive. Materials arrived in a timely fashion and the results were returned quickly. Teachers found that the assessment was easy to administer, although they had a hard time convincing their classes that it was not a test. We found the data provided to be very helpful as it affirmed that overall our program was accomplishing its goals. The report also made us aware of particular areas of weakness as well as the areas of strength. It has helped us in planning and teacher training and in our use of our chosen curriculum. Since discovering the value of ACRE, I certainly plan to ensure its continued use in our parish.
Some years ago while writing a statistical term paper for my MA in Education, I took a close look at the assessments we had done on our eighth grade students in relation to how these same students did in social studies and English test results. ACRE proved an interesting and seemed to me a very accurate instrument as to how well the students did compared to the national outcomes. Those high is the social studies and English were also high in religion -- I felt this was study skills transferred. Students who were good in those two subjects but were not in the religious education average norms were students who were non-Catholic or had only just come to the Catholic school and while Catholic had had no instructions in the faith. This "knowledge" as to why some students were "different" in their results helped us see the importance in "tutorial" help for those students of the Catholic Tradition who had no formal study of their tradition. It also raised the question as a Catholic school if we shouldn’t develop something "extra" for our non-Catholic students so that these students wouldn’t be so "lost" in the religious education classroom. It seemed to me a good "host" makes sure that guests (our non-Catholic students) feel at home by understanding the customs and how the host family functions!!!
Successful experiences by individual parishes led the Diocese of Boise, Idaho to adopt the Information for Growth for use with its fifty-seven parishes. The aim was to develop data upon which to base its program design for the implementation of Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, the American bishops’ plan for adult faith formation in the United States. There exists no more dependable or effective tool for generating the kinds of information needed by a diocese or a parish to design and implement religious education programs for adult Catholics.
I teach "The Spirituality of the Catholic School Teacher" in a special M.A. program for teachers in the elementary and secondary school of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis offered by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. When I receive the anonymous group IFG report for each of my classes, I gain information on their beliefs, attitudes, religious practice and religious knowledge, and have gained valuable insights so as to be able to adjust course content to meet their needs. As individuals, they are grateful for the personal survey report each receives. I find that the Information for Growth survey is a really valuable tool for the continued formation of our Catholic school teachers.
Brother Theodore Drahmann, FSC