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The percentage of District 196 students who scored proficient on state reading, math and science tests exceeded statewide averages for all grades tested in spring 2016, according to results of Standards-Based Accountability Assessments released by the Minnesota Department of Education July 28.

The Standards-Based Accountability Assessments include the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and the Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) for students receiving special education services who qualify. These tests are given annually in reading (grades 3-8 and 10), math (grades 3-8 and 11) and science (grades 5, 8 and high school, after completion of the life science curriculum). More than 14,000 District 196 students took the MCAs or MTAS last spring. Results for individual students will be mailed to parents this fall.

The MCAs and MTAS measure student performance on the Minnesota Academic Standards, which define what students should know and be able to do in a particular grade. Students earn a score in one of four achievement levels: 1) does not meet the standards; 2) partially meets the standards; 3) meets the standards, and 4) exceeds the standards. Students who meet or exceed the standards are considered to be proficient in the subject area.

Compared to 2015 results, the percentage of District 196 students who scored proficient on the MCAs or MTAS reading, math and science tests stayed about the same for all levels tested. District results for 2016 are shown in the tables below; results for every district and school in the state, from 2012 to 2016, are available at www.education.state.mn.us via the Minnesota Report Card tool.

2016 State Standards-Based Accountability Assessments in Reading:
Percentage of Students Proficient based on October 1 Enrollment
Grade 3 4 5 6 7 8 10
District 196 59.3 65.2 73.3 66.1 65.9 66.7 74.1
Statewide 58.3 59.2 68.5 63.1 57.9 58.4 60.8
Difference 1.0 6.0 4.8 3.0 8.0 8.3 13.3
2016 State Standards-Based Accountability Assessments in Math:
Percentage of Students Proficient based on October 1 Enrollment
Grade 3 4 5 6 7 8 11
District 196 74.3 73.9 65.9 66.8 63.8 66.8 64.9
Statewide 70.6 69.9 59.9 57.3 57.6 59.7 49.2
Difference 3.7 4.0 6.0 9.5 6.2 7.1 15.7
2016 State Standards-Based Accountability Assessments in Science:
Percentage of Students Proficient based on October 1 Enrollment
Grade 5 8 High School
District 196 70.4 63.5 73.9
Statewide 62.5 48.7 57.2
Difference 7.9 14.8 16.7

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