Academic Excellence

All the elementary Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Knoxville are required to administer the Iowa Assessments (IA), Form E, to students in grades 1-8 and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Form 7, to students in grades 3, 5, and 7.  These tests are psychometrically normed tests that are vetted for validity, reliability and bias.  For more information, visit

In addition, in the spring during the testing window set by the Tennessee Department of Education, St. Mary’s School administers the End of Course (EOC) Algebra 1 to 8th grade students who are enrolled in the Algebra 1 class.  Students in the public schools are required to pass this test as one of their high school graduation requirements.

Students scoring Advanced or Proficient on 2014-2015 Iowa Assessment:

English/Language Arts: 94%

Math: 95%

Science: 92%

Social Studies: 92%

7% of all students scored Advanced in all areas.

17% scored Advanced in Reading and Math

15% scored Advanced in Math and Science

IOWA assessments

Using the NCE’s (Normal Curve Equivalent), Iowa assessment scores have exceeded the median NCE score (50) for the past three years in all areas and have been consistently 11-22 NCE points higher than the median NCE score.



Algebra 1 Proficiency:

98% of all Algebra I students have scored Advanced on the State End of Course exam.

100% of all Algebra I students have qualified for placement in Geometry I for their freshman year.

50% of these students qualified to take both Geometry I and Algebra II for their freshman year.



St. Mary’s is the best school in Oak Ridge. The teachers are wonderful. My children love their teachers and classmates. I am so very grateful for St. Mary’s School.
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