Catholic Identity Resources

Graded Course of Study
The Graded Course of Study is a systematic organization of teaching content designed to foster effectiveness, focus, and authenticity in religious instruction. Click here for the Anchor Standards, Strands, and Benchmarks by individual grade level.

Theology of the Body
Theology of the Body is St John Paul II’s teaching on the meaning and purpose of human nature. It is the 7th Anchor Standard of the Graded Course of Studies for all grades. Click this link for lesson plans that correlate to the TOB standards for K-4 of the Ruah Woods program.

ACRE Testing
The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has created the Information for Growth (IFG) program Assessment of Child/Youth Religious Education (ACRE) as a tool to help Catholic schools and parishes assess how well their religious education programs are forming committed Christian disciples. Click here for details on how to administer the IFG ACRE assessment.

ARK Testing

ARK is the first comprehensive assessment of Catholic Religious Education.

The Archdiocese is currently piloting ARK in Catholic Parishes and Schools. ARK pilot parishes will not be required to administrate ACRE during the pilot phase.

ARK Features:

  • Individual reporting to see change over time and see unique needs
  • Aggregate data to see trending and general success
  • Annual data normalization for national comparison
  • Easy rostering and administration to allow you to focus on teaching

Religious Education Documents
Click here for the Youth Evangelist Documents associated with religious education in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.


Permissions and Liability Forms
Click here for the permission slips and forms needed for off-site activities.