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South Washington County Schools recognized for excellence and prioritized for support by Minnesota Department of Education

The Minnesota Department of Education has recognized 14 schools from the South Washington County School District for their progress in school performance. Three other District 833 schools will also receive support from the state to improve student outcomes. Identification for both recognition and support is based on the new North Star accountability system. This system uses standardized test scores, English Language proficiency data, as well as, graduation and attendance rates to track schools' growth in meeting the needs of students. 

In all, the state recognized 526 schools for their work in supporting students. The recognized schools were in the top five percent of the state for the area in which they were recognized. Schools that are recognized are asked to become leaders and share their success so other schools may learn from them. The 14 schools from District 833 that are being recognized by the state include: 
  • Armstrong Elementary School, Recognized for Consistent Attendance; 
  • Bailey Elementary School, Recognized for Math Progress and Consistent Attendance; 
  • Cottage Grove Elementary School, Recognized for Reading Progress and Consistent Attendance; 
  • Cottage Grove Middle School, Recognized for Math Progress; 
  • Grey Cloud Elementary School, Recognized for Consistent Attendance; 
  • Hillside Elementary School, Recognized for Consistent Attendance;
  • Lake Middle School, Recognized for Math and Reading Progress and Consistent Attendance; 
  • Liberty Ridge Elementary School, Recognized for Math and Reading Progress; 
  • Middleton Elementary School, Recognized for Consistent Attendance; 
  • Newport Elementary School, Recognized for Progress to English Language Proficiency; 
  • Red Rock Elementary School, Recognized for Math and Reading Progress and Consistent Attendance; 
  • Royal Oaks Elementary School, Recognized for Consistent Attendance; 
  • Valley Crossing Elementary School, Recognized for Math and Reading Progress and Consistent Attendance; and 
  • Woodbury Middle School, Recognized for Math and Reading Progress and Consistent Attendance. 
"I am proud that our schools are being recognized not only for their academic achievement but the achievement of creating a positive climate and culture that encourages consistent attendance," said Superintendent Keith Jacobus. "I believe the focus of our strategic plan on improving the climate and culture for students and staff has a direct effect on our attendance rates. When students feel cared for, safe and confident in their abilities they look forward to going to school and I think that is reflective in the number of our schools recognized for consistent attendance." 
 
The North Star accountability system also helps provide schools with resources to increase student growth, designated by three levels of support. The lowest level of support is provided directly by the Minnesota Department of Education and gives school leaders and teachers access to new professional development opportunities. Targeted support from the state is given to schools that need support on one or more of the measures. Comprehensive support for schools allows them to work with the state's Regional Centers of Excellence to personalize a plan to improve growth within their school. The schools identified for support include: 
  • Crestview Elementary School, which will receive targeted support to improve the three-year averages of student test scores and attendance rates; 
  • Hillside Elementary School, which will receive state support to improve progress toward English Language proficiency; and 
  • South Washington Alternative High School, which will receive comprehensive support to increase the number of students who graduate in four years and attendance rates. 
"Our schools are excited to work with state leaders in education to learn new approaches to improve the outcomes for our students," said District 833's Director of Teaching and Learning Kelly Jansen. "We are grateful for the support of the state and the dedication of resources to help our students." 
 
The state also released the results from last year's Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) and Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) as a part of the North Star accountability report. The data shows District 833 students continue to meet or exceed grade-level expectations and statewide proficiency rates in reading and mathematics on both tests. Furthermore, while the overall proficiency rates for the state of Minnesota declined between 2017 and 2018, District 833 maintained its overall proficiency rates. Find detailed data on overall proficiency rates below. 
 
Overall Reading Proficiency 
2018 District 833 - 69.8%
2018 State Average - 59.9% 
2017 District 833 - 69.6% 
2017 State Average - 60.1% 
 
Overall Math Proficiency 
2018 District 833 - 67.2% 
2018 State Average - 57.2% 
2017 District 833 - 67.2% 
2017 State Average - 58.7% 
 
"Test scores are only one measurement of our schools' successes, but we are encouraged by our overall proficiency rates in both reading and math," said District 833's Director of Professional Development and Accountability Brian Boothe. "We believe these results show that our core values of collaboration, continuous improvement, equity, integrity and relationships are leading us on the right path." 
 
District staff will continue to review and analyze the accountability data as individual schools return for the 2018-19 school year. Parents can expect to receive a printed copy of their student's results at or before conferences this fall. Schools will notify parents when these reports will be sent home. 
 
Parents and community members can visit the Minnesota Department of Education's website for more information about statewide accountability, including full district results through the data center.