The Diocese of Columbus Office of Education mandates and oversees the administration of the Terra Nova achievement test and the InView cognitive abilities test in the fall of each year for students in grades 3-8. The school receives nationally-normed achievement scores and a cognitive skills index score for each student. The diocesan office subsequently provides its schools with district composite data so that individual schools can track performance in reference to district averages.
Students at Saint Brigid of Kildare School typically score above diocesan and national averages in both reading and mathematics. They also typically score within the top ten percent of students in the nation.
Because the InView portion of the Terra Nova standardized test provides a cognitive skills index score for each student, the data provided for each student includes both achieved scores and anticipated scores. The anticipated scores are predicted scores for each test that take into consideration each student’s cognitive skills index. Saint Brigid of Kildare students typically outperform their predicted scores. As an example, the eighth grade data from the most recent testing period shows that 95% of these students scored at or above their anticipated scores in both reading and math.
Also of note is the fact that Saint Brigid of Kildare eighth grade students show great growth over the five year testing period in their scores on both the achievement test (Terra Nova) and the cognitive abilities test (InView.) This leads to the conclusion that the longer a child is a student at Saint Brigid of Kildare School, the greater his/her academic progress and cognitive growth will be.
In the fall of 2008, Saint Brigid of Kildare School was named a 2008 United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School, the only school in our diocese and in the county awarded this prestigious award at the time. This award recognizes our commitment to academic achievement, community service, instructional best practices, and professional development.
In February of 2012, our school was named a 2012 recipient of the Catholic Schools for Tomorrow Innovations in Education Award. The award annually honors schools that have led the way by implementing exemplary, innovative programs.
In the fall of 2014, Saint Brigid of Kildare School was named a National Blue Ribbon School for the second time. Saint Brigid of Kildare is the only school in the entire state of Ohio to receive a second nomination in the last ten years. Saint Brigid of Kildare has received the award in the high-performing schools category, which includes schools that have achieved among the highest scores in both reading and math as measured by state or national standard tests in the most recent year tested, regardless of student demographics.