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2016 Minnesota Assessment Results for Mathematics, Reading, and Science

District 833 continues to be proud of and thankful for the students, educators, families and community members that contribute to a positive assessment culture in the South Washington County School District.

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.

The numbers below reflect the MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) results only.

Of the recent release, Brian Boothe, director of professional development and accountability, said, “We are excited to see continued growth in the area of literacy. Over the past few years, as students and educators dive into the English Language Arts standards, we have seen a rising tide of academic performance. It is a credit to the educators who instruct and monitor student learning. As our system moves into a new strategic plan, these results will be helpful as a key data point in identifying strengths and weaknesses within our academic performance.”


Reading

  • In the area of reading proficiency, overall District 833 proficiency levels improved slightly by 1.6%, from about 69.6% to 71.2%. This compared to a 0.4% increase at a state level, from 59.5% to 59.9%. 
  • Noted is a continued strong performance at the 5th grade level. Across the district, 78.7% of 5th grade students either met or exceeded proficiency. Overall, District 833 elementary schools continue to demonstrate the collective effort of literacy instruction from all grades in the 5th grade Language Arts standards.
  • Additionally, the middle schools demonstrated an increase of 2.2% in their reading scores, landing at 70.0% compared to 67.8% in 2015. 
  • District elementary reading proficiency rates were at 72.3% compared to state rates at 61.2%, middle school rates were at 70.0% compared to state rates at 58.7%, and high school rates were at 71.4% compared to state rates at 59.1%.  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 increased by .1%, from about 69.1% to 69.2%. This compared to a .7% decrease at a state level, from 60.2% to 59.5%. 
  • For the past three years District 833 has seen either decreases or slight gains in mathematics results. This area of instruction will be receiving significant attention over the next few years with increased professional learning for staff.  
  • District elementary proficiency rates were at 74.7% compared to state rates at 65.7%, middle school rates were at 67.1% compared to state rates at 56.7%, and high school rates were at 58.4% compared to state rates at 47.2%. 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 declined slightly by 0.4%, from about 68.6% to 68.2%. This compared to a 1.6% increase at a state level, from 53.4% to 55.0%. 
  • District elementary science proficiency rates were at 73.5% compared to state rates at 61.6%, middle school rates were at 60.5% compared to state rates at 47.5%, and high school rates were at 70.6% compared to state rates at 55.8%.  Thus, District 833 continues to exceed state proficiency rates by a wide margin at all levels in science.

Achievement Gaps

  • District 833 shares Education Commissioner Brenda Casseillius’ disappointment in the slow progress of closing the achievement gaps, but also shares the Commissioner’s view in that the district is undeterred in its goal to close academic gaps.
  • In reading, District 833 narrowed the achievement gap for most demographic groups, including a 5.1% decrease in the achievement gap for Hispanic students to a 16.9% gap between Hispanic and White students. Other demographic groups showed small improvements as well.
  • In mathematics, there were little to no changes in the achievement gap when compared to 2015 in most demographic areas. The biggest improvement was in comparing English Learner (EL) students to Non-EL students, with a 7.8% narrowing of the gap. However, the gap between those populations remains above 30%.
  • While the district sees small pockets of progress, it will continue to focus its efforts through Climate and Culture and the Office of Equity and Integration to further its work in closing achievement gaps.

Continued Analysis and Information Availability    

  • The district will continue to review and analyze the data as individual schools return to work this fall.
  • Parents can expect to receive their individual student results this school year prior to fall conference season.
  • On Oct. 1, the Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results are scheduled to be released. No other results will be released before then.
  • Parents and interested community members are invited to visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s web site to obtain more information about Statewide Accountability, including full district results through an improved data center, at: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/Data/index.html
  • More information about the district’s testing program is available at: www.sowashco.org/academics/research-evaluation-and-assessment