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2014 MN Assessment Results

2014 Minnesota 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.
     
  • 2014 included a new 11th grade mathematics assessment, aligned to the most recent standards.  These standards – and consequently the new high school mathematics assessments – are more rigorous than previous standards.  Because this is a new test, we cannot consider any changes in proficiency to represent a change in student performance over time.  Instead, this will begin a new trend of results based on the new assessments.   
     
  • In the area of reading proficiency, overall District 833 proficiency levels improved slightly by 0.7%, from about 66.6% to 67.4%.  This compared to a 1.2% increase at a state level, from 57.6% to 58.8%.  District elementary proficiency rates were at 67% compared to state rates at 60.1%, middle school rates were at 67.7% compared to state rates at 57.2%, and high school rates were at 70.5% compared to state rates at 60%.  That is, we continue to exceed state proficiency rates by a wide margin at all levels in reading.
     
  • In the area of mathematics proficiency, in grades 3-8, where the tests remained the same, we declined slightly by 1.4% from 73.7% in 2013 to 72.3% in 2014.  This is a change from two years of improvements.  High school proficiency rates dropped 8%, from 67.5% to 59.5%, but recall this was a new test, so this shouldn’t be considered a change in actual performance as the standards changed.  Compared to the state, however, whose results declined 1.7%, from 51.5% to 49.8%, this was a large drop.  Nevertheless, High School math performance remain well-above the state, as did Elementary scores at 75.2% (compared to the state at 67.7%) and middle school scores at 69.3% (compared to the state at 56.6%).
     
  • 2014 marks the third year of new science assessments and second straight year of some improvement for District 833, up 2% from 66.5% in 2013 to 68.5% in 2014.  This compared to a slight improvement at the state level of 1% from 52.4% to 53.4%.   Improvements were seen at all levels tested, 5th (+0.7%), 8th (+3.1%), and in high school (+2.9%).  District 833 remains significantly above the state at all levels as well, with scores of 73.3% compared to 61.4% at 5th grade, 59.8% compared to 45.4% at 8th grade, and 71.9% compared to 53.4% at high school. 
     
  • Although we out-perform the state across all reported subgroups, similar to the state, significant gaps in proficiency persist in reading, mathematics, and science for Hispanic and Black students as compared to White students, English Learners and native English speakers, Special Education students and general education students, and students on Free or Reduced Priced Lunch and full price lunch students.  These gaps exist at all levels.  Gender gaps also exist in reading, in favor of females.

Additional notes

  • The District will continue to review and analyze the data.
     
  • On October 1st, 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 here.

Of the recent release, Superintendent Keith Jacobus said, “I am pleased to see that District 833 continues to out-perform the state in reading, mathematics and science.  In particular, we can be impressed with our science performance, where we improved again this year, actually outperforming the state by double-digits.  I am also happy that we showed some improvement in reading after the change to the test last year and corresponding drop in scores. We do acknowledge that this was a small change and our plan is to continue to invest in our focus on literacy moving forward. Recognizing the continued gap in achievement between certain groups, we are aligning our strategic plan to the World’s Best Workforce legislation. This year we have a priority to accelerate the learning for our lowest achieving students while ensuring a comprehensive education and continued growth for all students.”