An elementary student at a table raises his hand with his classmates.

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – District 196 is exceeding state averages in test scores, according to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), who today released results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, Series III (MCA-III) and inaugural data pertaining to the state’s North Star Excellence and Equity System.

The MCA 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 15,000 District 196 students took the MCAs last spring. Results for individual students will be mailed to parents this fall. The MCAs 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 2017 results, the percentage of District 196 students who scored proficient on the MCA reading, math and science maintained performance levels from the previous year. District results for 2018 are available via the Minnesota Report Card tool located within the data center tab.


2018 MCA-III Results in Reading:

Percentage of Students Proficient

Grade 3 4 5 6 7 8 10
District 196 63.5% 65.8% 70.4% 69.4% 63.3% 66% 73.2%
Statewide 56% 56% 67.5% 65% 58.7% 58.9% 59.7%


2018 MCA-III Results in Math:

Percentage of Students Proficient

Grade 3 4 5 6 7 8 11
District 196 72.7% 74.3% 61.8% 63.5% 61.3% 66% 64.3%
Statewide 66.8% 65.4% 55.2% 54.1% 55% 57.7% 47.7%


2018 MCA-III Results in Science:

Percentage of Students Proficient

Grade 5 8 High School
District 196 66.6% 59% 70.4%
Statewide 58.5% 45.2% 52.5%


North Star and Every Student Succeeds Act

While the MCAs were the primary measurement of student achievement in the classroom, the new requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) restructure how states assess not only student achievement but also other school quality indicators.

ESSA requires states to implement a plan for holding schools and districts accountable for providing an equitable and high-quality education to all students. In response to ESSA, Minnesota developed the North Star system, with an emphasis on closing achievement gaps, increasing equity, improving the quality of instruction and increasing positive outcomes for all students. North Star replaces the state’s previous accountability system, the Multiple Measurements Rating system.

As part of North Star, five accountability indicators for schools have been identified. The indicators are:

  • -Indicator 1: Academic achievement (all schools)
  • -Indicator 2: Academic progress (elementary and middle schools)
  • -Indicator 3: Graduation rates (high schools)
  • -Indicator 4: Progress toward English language proficiency (all schools)
  • -Indicator 5: School quality/student success (all schools)

18 district schools recognized for educational excellence and two schools identified for support

As part of North Star, Minnesota schools are recognized for being in the highest 5 percent of schools in the state for each accountability indicator or for one or more student groups performing at the same high level. The categories of badges are: academic progress in reading; academic progress in math; consistent attendance; four-year graduation rates, and progress toward English proficiency. There is also a badge for alternative learning centers that recognizes seven-year graduation rates.

In District 196, 18 schools received a total of 35 badges in one or more of the categories, with two schools being identified to receive support from the state Regional Centers for Excellence. The accountability indicators are used to prioritize support for identified schools. School leadership teams will work with the Regional Centers of Excellence to assess the unique challenges and needs facing educators and students in a given building.

“We are pleased with the Minnesota Department of Education’s focus on the whole child as they implement a new system of accountability,” said Interim Superintendent Mary Kreger. “District 196 is an inclusive community dedicated to providing the best education possible for all of our students. We are confident that we are making strides to reduce the achievement gaps and ensure all students have the education for success. We know important skills such as creativity, critical thinking, empathy and inquiry are important to student achievement, even though they are not measured by the MCAs. District 196 is invested in the success of all of our learners.”

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