Sartell-St. Stephen Students Continue To Achieve on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments

Sartell-St. Stephen School District officials announced the local results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments.  These assessments measure the reading and mathematics proficiency of 3rd through 8th grade and high school students across the state.

 "We are very excited to see continued high achievement  and student growth in our classrooms.  We will continue to use this data to further inform our learning targets for the year," shared Dr. Joe Hill, Sartell-St. Stephen Superintendent.

 "The upswing in math over last year's scores speaks to the efforts of our students, staff and community as we continue to provide support and opportunities to thrive.  We are proud that our student proficiency continues to stay strong as the curriculum advances.  Our staff work hard to continue to provide the necessary rigor, with opportunities in place to support all learners," said Mike Spanier, Director of Teaching and Learning.  "With this data, in combination with multiple other data points and information, teachers can see specifically which skills each student needs to work on.  This can help them in creating lessons to target specific skills within reading and math and strengthening all learners.  This data is always important in informing and improving our practice."

Sartell-St. Stephen Public Schools 2012 Results Meeting or Exceeding Standards:

 

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

HS

ISD 748 Reading

86.8

85.2

86.8

87.2

83.2

89.9

85.4

State Reading

80.4

75.3

79.4

76.3

71.4

72.4

76.8

ISD 748 Math

86.0

90.6

80.8

83.2

84.5

92.1

53.5

State Math

75.6

73.3

62.3

59.9

58.6

62.0

42.5

 

Sartell-St. Stephen students continue to outperform the state averages in all areas with a range of anywhere from 6% to almost 30% higher than that of the state average.  In comparison to the 2011 results, the district saw growth in math for 3rd through 8th grade students, which mirrored the state increases as anticipated as new standards are more consistently implemented across the state.  The math scores for 7th and 8th graders were among the top 5% across the state, with the 8th graders having the second highest average district score across the state.  The district's reading scores continue to have an upward trend line over the past five years and continue to have average district scores that are in the top 25th percentile.

The MCA Math and Reading assessments are taken by all students across the state in grades 3 through 8 and in high school.  These scores are also used to determine Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Status for school districts which determines compliance with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.  This year, Minnesota has applied for, and received, a NCLB waiver, along with several other states.  The waiver drastically changes the way that AYP is reported and used in Minnesota and is now part of the Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) system.

"The district has identified aggressive targets for achievement in alignment with our” Vision 2015.” I am pleased to see continued upward progress across our sites and very proud of the work from our teaching and leadership teams," shared Dr. Hill.