The Rochester-based Catholic Education Foundation has initiated a program to help Catholic grade schools and high schools evaluate their Catholic identity.

Called the Catholic School Identity Assessment, it is a diagnostic tool to help schools spot their strengths and weaknesses, according to Father Peter Stravinskas, the foundation’s executive director.

“Catholic identity in Catholic schools was taken for granted when the faculty and administrators were almost exclusively clergy and religious,” he said, but “with the heavy involvement of lay teachers and administrators."