Nation’s Report Card shows Catholic school advantage

Published on October 8, 2020
A student participates in class at St. Mary Catholic School in Big Rapids.

In Catholic schools across the Diocese of Grand Rapids, students have opportunities to achieve more in school and life. This advantage of Catholic education can be seen in the latest data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, commonly called the Nation’s Report Card.

The Nation’s Report Card tracks student performance in 4th, 8th, and 12th grades at public, charter, Catholic, and other private schools.

In data released in April 2020, Catholic school students across the country outperformed their peers in core subjects like civics, geography, and U.S. history. The latest reading and mathematics results, released in October 2019, also show Catholic school students outperforming peers in other types of schools. Catholic school students also achieve at higher levels in science and technology & engineering literacy, according to the Nation’s Report Card.

Related: Explore the curriculum standards used within our Catholic schools

Along with high academic achievement, Catholic education benefits students with opportunities to develop creativity & character, feel welcomed & cherished, and (most importantly) grow in faith & grace.

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Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,000 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.

Pictured: A Dec. 2019 file photo from St. Mary Catholic School in Big Rapids.

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