There are two standardized tests administered to the students at Holy Family Cathedral School. The students in grades 2-8 are given the ITBS. This is the acronym for the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. This test is given in late September and is used as a diagnostic tool. The teachers use the results of this test as a means to adjust their curriculum and focus on the strengths and weaknesses of their students. There is on going articulation between teachers and they come together at grade level meetings to assess the results and create an on going plan for success.
The students in grades 5 and 8 are administered the ACRE test. This test is an assessment of Catechesis and Religious Education. This is a national test and is given as a tool to help Catholic educators assess the effectiveness of their religion program for students. Students in grades 2-8 are introduced to the vocabulary used in this test. The teachers are able to use the words and concepts as a tool to enhance the religion program.