Sartell-St. Stephen Students Continue To Perform Above Average on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments

The Sartell-St. Stephen School District announced the local results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA).  These assessments measure state-standard aligned reading, mathematics and science proficiency of 3rd through 8th grade and high school students across the state.

"Our students continue to perform above state averages in all categories.  As a district, we will use this data to inform our instruction as we build upon our successes and strive to make growth in our areas of needed improvement," shared Jeff Schwiebert, Superintendent for the Sartell-St. Stephen School District.

"We are proud that our students performed so well overall, especially considering the testing disruptions and technology issues we experienced.  Our district has focused our professional development on improving our instruction in reading and mathematics and we feel this work is directly impacting our classroom practice and consequently our student achievement.  The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are rigorous measures of achievement and we will continue to work hard to ensure our students receive instruction that is aligned with state standards and incorporates best practice to meet the needs of all learners.  Our goal is to design our instruction to prepare our students for success today and into the future,” stated Kay Nelson, Director of Learning Services. 

% of Sartell-St. Stephen Public Schools 2015 Results Meeting or Exceeding Standards:

 

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

HS

District

ISD 748 Reading

71.3

68.9

69.9

77.8

72.9

74.1

66.0

71.6

State Reading

58.7

57.9

66.7

63.9

55.6

56.0

57.0

59.4

ISD 748 Math

82.3

75.9

68.5

79.1

82.7

87.5

65.7

77.8

State Math

70.9

70.0

59.7

57.6

55.1

57.8

48.7

60.2

ISD 748 Science

**

**

67.8

**

**

67.3

74.1

69.5

State Science

**

**

59.1

**

**

45.3

54.6

53.0

 

 

Sartell-St. Stephen students outperformed the state averages in math, reading and science at all grade levels surpassing the state average by 10%-30% in nearly all grades and subjects.

In Minnesota, the MCA Math and Reading assessments are taken by all students in grades 3 through 8 and in high school.  In addition to providing school districts with achievement information, 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. 

"The data we gather from the MCAs, in conjunction with other local assessment information assists teachers in designing curriculum to target specific skills within reading, math and science to strengthen all learners.   This data is always an important component of informing and improving our practice as we prepare our students to be career and college-ready," said Schwiebert.