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2015 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment results for mathematics, reading, and science

Overall, the students enrolled in South Washington County Schools continue to demonstrate a high level of proficiency, meeting or exceeding grade level expectations in reading, mathematics, and science, and performing above statewide proficiency rates.


Reading

  • In the area of reading proficiency, overall District 833 proficiency levels improved slightly by 2.1%, from about 67.4% to 69.6%. This is compared to a 0.6% increase at a state level, from 58.8% to 59.4%. 
  • Noted is a particularly strong increase at the fifth grade level. Across the district, 78.5% of fifth grade students either met or exceeded proficiency. Overall, this trend points to a positive impact for District 833 elementary schools as the work students do in younger grades is demonstrated in the fifth grade Language Arts standards. Additionally, 11 of the district's 15 elementary schools increased their proficiency rates in reading.
  • District elementary reading proficiency rates were at 70.8% compared to state rates at 61.6%, middle school rates were at 67.8% compared to state rates at 58.5%, and high school rates were at 71.3% compared to state rates at 57%.  Thus, District 833 continues to exceed state proficiency rates by a wide margin at all levels in reading.

Math 

  • In the area of math proficiency, overall District 833 proficiency levels declined slightly by 1.3%, from about 72.3% to 71%. This is compared to a 2% decrease at a state level, from 62.2% to 60.2%. 
  • District 833 has noted the increase in proficiency in reading, while mathematics has decreased each of the last two years. The district continues to be concerned with its achievement in math, but also sees this trend in the results at the state level. As a district, it is a constant challenge to balance professional development in all areas of curriculum. The recent past has focused on literacy instruction, which is clear in the district's increased proficiency.
  • District elementary proficiency rates were at 75.4% compared to state rates at 66.9%, middle school rates were at 66.7% compared to state rates at 56.9%, and high school rates were at 57.7% compared to state rates at 48.7%. Thus, District 833 continues to exceed state proficiency rates by a wide margin at all levels in math.

Science 

  • In the area of science proficiency, overall District 833 proficiency levels improved slightly by 0.1%, from about 68.5% to 68.6%. This is compared to a 0.4% decrease at a state level, from 53.4% to 53%. 
  • District elementary science proficiency rates were at 74.3% compared to state rates at 59.1%, middle school rates were at 57.8% compared to state rates at 45.3%, and high school rates were at 73.5% compared to state rates at 54.6%.  Thus, District 833 continues to exceed state proficiency rates by a wide margin at all levels in science.

Additional results include:

  • Crestview Elementary, which has a ‘Focus’ school rating from the Minnesota Department of Education, increased in reading proficiency by 5.2% from the previous year to 47.3% and increased in science proficiency by 5.5% from the previous year to 53.4%. In math proficiency, Crestview Elementary decreased by 1.7% from the previous year to 46.6%.
  • Of particular interest continues to be the study of the achievement gap for District 833. The district saw great strides in some areas of reading proficiency, particularly for English Language (EL) students and Black students; however, the achievement gap increased for Special Education and Hispanic students in reading. The gaps remain significant in all areas and will require additional work, study and action over time to close the gaps.
  • Red Rock Elementary achieving a 90% meets or exceeds proficiency in fifth grade science.
  • Newport Elementary improving 21.7% in fifth grade science proficiency from the previous year to reach 77.8%.
  • Pullman Elementary improving 15.8% in fifth grade science proficiency from the previous year to reach 60%.
  • Liberty Ridge Elementary improved 7.1% from the previous year to become the first school in District 833 to have over 80% proficiency in reading at 83.5% meets or exceeds proficiency.
  • Cottage Grove Middle improving 11% in eighth grade science proficiency from the previous year to reach 60.9%.
  • East Ridge High School remaining above 80% meets or exceeds proficiency for science for the second straight year and third straight year for reading.
  • South Washington Alternative High School improving 11.1% in reading proficiency from the previous year to reach 33.3%.

Of the recent release, Superintendent Keith Jacobus said:

“We were pleased to see gains in our literacy achievement. This year we focused on implementing a teaching strategy called ‘close reading.’ The purpose of close reading is to help students read non-fiction text material in a manner that enhances their thinking about the information by asking them to return to the text multiple times for different reasons. The strategy will be one our students can use long after they complete their formal classroom education. We believe the efforts of our teachers and staff is paying off in achievement growth for our students. Our results in literacy, although a modest increase demonstrate the effectiveness of our professional development, focus on instructional excellence, and a testament to the high-quality educators who work in this district. We are again pleased our results indicate we continue to perform well above the state averages.”


Continued Analysis and Information Availability

  • The district will continue to review and analyze all student achievement data and target our efforts on continuous improvement.
  • On September 1, the Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results are scheduled to be released. 
  • Parents and interested community members are invited to visit the Minnesota Report Card website to obtain more information about Statewide Accountability, including district and school results.
  • More information about the district’s testing program is available here.