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District 196 exceeds state averages on reading, math and science tests

District 196 is exceeding state averages on statewide reading, math and science tests given last spring, according to results released by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Aug. 26. Results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, Series III (MCA-III) and Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) are one of the measures of student achievement and school quality in the state’s North Star Excellence and Equity System that is required by federal law.

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). The MTAS is given to students receiving special education services who qualify. More than 14,500 District 196 students took the math and reading tests last spring, and nearly 6,200 students took the science test. These tests 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.

 

READING

2022 MCA-III/MTAS – Percentage of Students Proficient

 

Grade

3

4

5

6

7

8

10

3-8 and 10

District 196

53.5

55.9

64.8

59.5

51.7

54.6

59.1

57.0

Statewide

48.1

49.6

59.4

54.4

45.5

46.4

55.2

51.1

Difference

5.4

6.3

5.4

5.1

6.2

8.2

3.9

5.9

 

 

MATH

2022 MCA-III/MTAS – Percentage of Students Proficient

 

Grade

3

4

5

6

7

8

11

3-8 and 11

District 196

64.7

65.7

53.8

44.2

45.1

46.1

44.1

52.0

Statewide

59.0

56.4

43.1

39.3

37.6

40.1

36.6

44.8

Difference

5.7

9.3

10.7

4.9

7.5

6.0

7.5

7.2

         

SCIENCE

2022 MCA-III/MTAS – Percentage of Students Proficient

 

Grade

5

8

High School

5, 8 and HS

District 196

55.5

41.1

56.2

50.8

Statewide

50.0

29.2

45.6

41.3

Difference

5.5

11.9

10.6

9.5

 

 

District and individual school results are available via the MDE website, under “Data Center” on the top navigation bar, select Minnesota Report Card, or go directly to https://rc.education.mn.gov/#mySchool/p--3/. Results for individual students will be mailed to parents and guardians this fall.

North Star and Every Student Succeeds Act

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (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.

There are five accountability indicators in the North Star system, four of which apply to all schools:

  • Academic achievement;
  • Academic progress;
  • Graduation rates (high schools only);
  • Progress toward English language proficiency, and
  • School quality/student success

Administrators and teachers at all District 196 schools are reviewing the test data for their schools to identify trends and discuss instructional strategies to improve achievement for each student.