Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School participates in the CTB McGraw-Hill Terra Nova 3 standardized testing program with our synod WELS, which is the fourth largest private/parochial school system in the United States. WELS schools (Shepherd of the Hills) have continually offered a high quality education which can be seen in our students’ test scores.
The WELS Class of 2013 outperformed the nation in the areas of reading, language, mathematics, science and social studies. The average national percentile scores for Grade 8 were as follows:
Reading– 75th national percentile
Language– 74th national percentile
Mathematics– 78th national percentile
Science– 72nd national percentile
Social Studies– 73rd national percentile
Understanding Test Scores
The test scores above are national percentiles, not percentages. A score of 75 does not mean that our students answered 75% of the questions correctly. It means that our students scored above 75% of the students who took the test. For example, if 100 students took the test, a student at the 75th percentile performed better than 75 of the 100 students. The 50th percentile indicates the national average – 50% of the students performed higher and 50% of the students performed lower.
In addition, while half of the students across the country score at or above the national average 50th percentile, the WELS Class of 2013 grade 8 students scored as follows:
Reading – 81% of the class is at or above the national average,
Language – 78 % of the class is at or above the national average,
Mathematics – 82% of the class is at or above the national average,
Science – 78 % of the class is at or above the national average,
Social Studies – 78% of the class is at or above the national average.