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Schools highlight high test scores during Catholic Schools Week

MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012 17:11 PM

Catholic Schools Week has begun, and will run until February 5, according to the National Catholic Educational Association. During this period, Catholic schools typically host open houses and other activities for students, their families and the communities in which they are located.

As Catholic schools open their doors to visitors, they are also speaking about their accomplishments. For instance, in Fall River, Massachusetts, Michael S. Griffin, the Diocese of Fall River superintendent of schools, told SouthCoastToday that students are thriving.

"I am pleased to report that overall our Catholic schools are doing well despite the tough economy," Griffin told the news source. "In fact, an approximate third of our schools grew in population this year."

Griffin added that students are performing above the national average based on their Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) scores.

In Iowa, students who attend classes at the Schools for the Archdiocese of Dubuque also perform well on the ITBS, Jeff Henderson, superintendent of the Schools, wrote in The Gazette. He added that Catholic institutions play an important role in educating children from low-income families.