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

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

"Our students continue to show proficiency at high levels compared to state averages.   We will continue to use this data to further inform our teaching and learning moving forward," shared Mike Spanier, Interim Superintendent for the Sartell-St. Stephen School District.

"We recognize that there were statewide and local dips in both math and reading scores this year.  We note that the reading scores from a newly-aligned assessment, the MCA III, which is aligned with more rigorous standards are down, however, the overall dip our district experienced was less than that at the state level.  Though our students still performed well when compared to state averages, we will examine this information at a deeper level to better prepare our students and understand areas of strength and further areas for growth,” stated Kay Nelson, Director of Learning Services.   “Our district math scores continue to be at high levels.  Our 2012 scores were higher given that students had multiple opportunities to take and achieve proficiency on the math assessment.  With only a single testing opportunity this year, we are proud that our students’ proficiency continues to stay strong as the curriculum advances.  Our staffs work hard to provide the necessary rigor and have opportunities in place to support all learners."

 

Sartell-St. Stephen Public Schools 2013 Results Meeting or Exceeding Standards:

 

 

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

HS

District

ISD 748 Reading

65.5

64.1

74.1

72.0

70.8

66.2

71.2

69.1

State Reading

57.2

54.0

63.8

59.3

54.0

54.1

62.3

57.8

ISD 748 Math

73.4

84.1

76.9

81.7

81.8

82.4

72.0

80.1

State Math

71.5

71.2

60.0

57.0

56.0

58.9

52.4

62.6

ISD 748 Science

**

**

71.6

**

**

60.8

71.6

67.7

State Science

**

**

59.7

**

**

43.8

53.0

52.1

 

 

Sartell-St. Stephen students continue to outperform the state averages in all areas with a range up to 25% higher than that of the state average.  MCA Reading scores across the state were notably down with the shift to the newly-aligned MCA III.  State MCA Math proficiency was also slightly lower than 2012.   MCA Science tests are taken by 5th, 8th and at the high school level had an all-time high proficiency average of 52.1%, with the overall district proficiency being noted at 67.7%.

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.  Last year, Minnesota 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.

"These test scores, in combination with several other data points and information, allow teachers to see specifically which skills each student needs to work on.  This information helps teachers in designing curriculum to target specific skills within reading and math and strengthen all learners.  This data is always an important component of informing and improving our practice," said Spanier.