Students Continue To Perform Above Average on MCAs

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 continue to use this data to inform our teaching and learning strategies as we continue to move forward," shared Jeff Schwiebert, Superintendent for the Sartell-St. Stephen School District.

"While we recognize our students performed well overall when compared to state averages, we also understand there is need for continued improvement.  The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are rigorous measures of achievement.  We will examine this data at a deeper level to help us understand our areas of strength and areas for growth.  It is our charge to provide instruction that embeds necessary rigor and structure that supports all learners.  We strive 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 2014 Results Meeting or Exceeding Standards:

 

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

HS

District

ISD 748 Reading

65.1

62.0

76.6

62.3

71.1

62.8

80.5

68.4

State Reading

58.1

55.0

67.6

61.0

56.0

55.8

60.1

59.1

ISD 748 Math

80.5

76.3

80.8

74.6

82.4

84.2

68.1

78.4

State Math

71.8

70.3

61.8

57.1

57.1

59.7

50.6

61.4

ISD 748 Science

**

**

74.2

**

**

61.7

75.7

70.2

State Science

**

**

61.2

**

**

44.9

53.2

53.2

 

Sartell-St. Stephen students outperformed the state averages in math, reading and science.  Scores in all three areas were in a range up to 25% higher than that of the state average.  MCA Science tests are taken in 5th grade, 8th grade and at the high school level.  The Sartell-St. Stephen School District had 70.2% of students scoring at the proficient level, an all-time high for the district.  The state averages in science were also at an all-time high with 53.2% proficiency.

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 information we gather from the MCAs, in combination with several other data points and information, helps teachers in designing curriculum to target specific skills within reading, math and science tostrengthen 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.