Student Religious Education Programs

Information for Growth: Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education (NCEA IFG: ACRE edition)

This religious education program assessment tool is used by Catholic schools, parishes, and dioceses. The 2013 NCEA IFG: ACRE edition was developed to accomplish four tasks:

  1. To serve as a tool for assessing the effectiveness of catechetical/religious education programs
  2. To summarize how well students in grade 5 (Level 1), grades 8–9 (Level 2), and grades 11–12 (Level 3)have learned the basic teachings of the Catholic church in the preceding years
  3. To assess the religious beliefs, attitudes, practices, and perceptions of students in these grades
  4. To provide information about areas of strength in catechetical/religious education programs as well as areas of weakness that may need additional attention or improvement.

The NCEA IFG: ACRE edition is based on the Catholic Church’s expectations for an organic, systematic, and comprehensive education in Christian discipleship. Currently, it is the only tool that provides national scores for comparison and processes for tracking religious education program data over time.​

We are excited to announce that as of June 30, 2018, NCEA’s ACRE/IFG will be hosted on a new and improved platform. More detailed information on this update is forthcoming and current users will be contacted in the next few weeks for account details and next steps. Should you wish to purchase additional testing materials, please note that these items will be valid for the current school year only, through June 30, 2018. Any testing materials purchased from ETS for the fall 2018-2019 school year will be considered out-of-date.    

English and Spanish Versions

Question booklets for all three levels are available in both English and Spanish. Question booklets may be reused as long as they are in good condition and free from extra markings.

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