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Standardized Testing

Each year, students in the second through sixth grade take the national standardized Terra Nova tests along with all other schools in the Diocese of Manchester. While this is not the same test used in the New Hampshire public schools, it is a national test taken by over 275,000 students per year. Therefore, we are able to use the results to help us evaluate, plan, and establish educational priorities for the following school year. In addition, we are able to address the learning profile of individual students.


At St. Christopher School, we nurture the whole child by providing a strong educational, spiritual, and physical foundation. The Terra Nova tests give us an indication of how much academic learning each student has achieved at one moment of time. Please note that standardized tests, however, are only a part of the methods used in our classrooms to assess student performance. Each child’s academic performance must be viewed as a process, with many varied opportunities for assessment throughout the year and a child’s academic career.


Our Terra Nova test results consistently indicate that we have many high-achieving students in our school. Additionally, our school’s performance compares most favorably to students across the nation who have taken the test. Our students consistently perform higher than the national standard. We are especially proud of those students who have improved their test scores from the prior year. We believe that our school’s performance is a testimony to the advantages of a Catholic school education, efforts of our outstanding teachers, the support of our caring parents, and the hard work of our wonderful students.