Religious Education Assessments
Information for Growth - tools to support effective catechesis for a lifetime of learning! NCEA has provided quality, reliable religious education assessment tools for more than three decades. The ACRE assessment is an integrated approach to faith knowledge assessment, and the IFG is a survey for knowing and living Catholic
faith. These tools help NCEA fulfill teaching missions of the Catholic Church.
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 11, 2018. Any testing materials purchased from ETS for the fall 2018-2019 school year will be considered out-of-date.
To order assessment materials by telephone for use before June 11, 2018, please call Educational Testing Service (ETS) at (866) 406-3850.
Information for Growth: Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education (NCEA IFG: ACRE)
NCEA IFG: ACRE is designed to assist in the evaluation of catechetical / religious education programs in Catholic schools and parishes. As an integrated assessment tool, NCEA IFG: ACRE provides faith knowledge questions (cognitive domain) and questions related to religious beliefs, attitudes, practices, and perceptions (affective domain). As a multilevel, age appropriate tool, NCEA ACRE is used in grade 5 (Level 1); grades 8 or 9 (Level 2); and grades 11 or 12 (Level 3).
The local site, parish or Catholic school, will receive a group report for each NCEA IFG: ACRE level used. Diocesan level leaders can also request a composite summary report of all NCEA ACRE participating schools and parishes in the (arch)diocese.
NCEA Information For Growth: Adult Faith Formation Survey (NCEA IFG)
The Information for Growth (IFG) survey is designed to assist individuals in assessing their personal level of religious knowledge and spirituality. It also provides parishes, schools, diocesan offices, and adult faith formation program leaders with group data to use in planning ongoing faith formation initiatives. The 2006 Revised IFG bases its blueprint on the Six Dimensions of Adult Faith Formation Content as outlined in the U.S. Bishops' document, Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States.