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Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science in Eagan earned recognition as a Reward School on Minnesota’s Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR) system for scoring among the top 15 percent of Title I schools in the state this year. MMR scores for all public schools in the state were released by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Sept. 1 in what will be the last year the measure is used due to changes in federal law.

The MMR uses multiple measures of student achievement based on results on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) that students take each spring. The MMR score is represented as a percentage calculated using the combined points a school earns in the following four areas (up to 25 points each):

  • Proficiency of the school’s students in making adequate yearly progress targets;
  • Growth in achievement of the school’s students;
  • Achievement gap reduction between subgroups of students at the school, and
  • Graduation rate (for high schools only).

Schools earn points for the achievement of their students as a whole and within each of the following eight subgroups: White, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, American Indian, students who receive special education services, students who receive English Language (EL) services and students who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

Eight District 196 schools improved their MMR score from last year, including Glacier Hills at 76.55 percent, Diamond Path Elementary School of International Studies at 79.45 percent, Shannon Park Elementary at 80.97 percent and Eastview High School, which earned a near perfect 99.39 percent. MMR scores for all Minnesota public schools are available on the MDE website. (Go to the Data Center tab on the top row, select Minnesota Report Card, then select School Performance and enter the school name.)

Schools that have higher concentrations of poverty and receive federal Title I funding may receive an MMR designation. This year, MDE recognized only Reward Schools, which represent the top 15 percent of Title I schools in the state. The nine Title I schools in District 196 are all elementary schools. Not all Title I schools receive an MMR designation, nor do any schools that do not receive Title I funding.

This will be the last year for the MMR system, as the state transitions from requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act to a new system that will align with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) approved by Congress last December. MDE staff is reaching out to educators, parents, students and others to gather input on what should be included in the state’s new accountability system under ESSA beginning in 2017.

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