St. Odilia uses several measurements to assess the quality of education provided and the performance and progress of our students. Two of these methods are the accreditation process and standardized testing.
Every year, St. Odilia School is accredited through the Minnesota Non-Public School Accrediting Association (MNSAA). Accreditation provides outside validation that we meet certain academic standards, provide a quality education program, make ongoing school enhancements, and conduct regular evaluations of how we educate. This accreditation process ensures that St. Odilia is a quality school with a clear and focused vision.
MNSAA serves as the largest accrediting association in the state of Minnesota, accrediting more than 200 non-public schools.
In the fall our 3rd through 8th graders take the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT10) and the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). The SAT10 are formative tests that are norm referenced and criterion based. The testing is based upon state and national standards and students’ scores will be compared to a sampling of same age students from across the country. The results of these tests will be utilized by teachers to make better adjustments in curriculum for improved teaching and learning. The OLSAT is a norm referenced test used to measure a student’s abilities in school related content. These results provide comparability between a student’s ability level and their achievement level, and are useful in determining how best to improve an individual’s learning. Another attractive feature of both testing devices is that the parent reports are easy to interpret.