Sartell-St. Stephen Schools Receive High Ratings as New State Accountability Score Released

All schools in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District continue to have students exceeding state proficiency targets in all subjects and sub-categories.  Along with proficiency, this new system also rates each school on student growth and achievement gap reduction. High schools also receive a score for graduation rate.  These scores are then combined to provide a final rating for each school.

Pine Meadow and Oak Ridge Elementary both were designated as 'Reward' schools through the state's new Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) accountability system.  The top 15% of Title I funded schools across the state receive this distinction.   The MMR scores that were released use test data from the 2011-2012 academic year.

"Our staff and community work with the goal of high-quality educational opportunities in all areas.  In the past, we've only been able to access proficiency scores from the data.  With this new measurement system, we are able to delve even deeper into multiple aspects of teaching, learning and growing to meet the diverse needs of all students," shared  Mike Spanier, Director of Learning Services.  " Each school will work with the data to find areas of strength and opportunity.  The data will drive continued improvements in the classroom for student learning and growth."

 

Proficiency Points

Growth

Points

Gap Reduction Points

Graduation Rate Points

Final
Score

Final
Rating

ORE

24.99

19.46

20.28

NA

64.72

86.30%

PME

24.99

20.82

22.95

NA

68.76

91.68%

SMS

24.94

24.16

23.93

NA

73.03

97.37%

SHS

24.97

10.10

3.28

24.96

63.31

63.31%


The Minnesota Department of Education released its Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) for schools in Minnesota in May.  This system replaces the past progress system of the No Child Left Behind Law, for which Minnesota has obtained a waiver.  The MMR gauges school performance in four areas:

1. Proficiency - Did the school meet its performance target?

2. Individual Student growth - Did individual students meet their growth target? Put more simply, are students making expected progress?

3. Closing the Achievement Gap - Did the school make progress closing its overall achievement gaps?

4. Graduation Rate - In the case of high schools, did the school increase its graduation rate?

"We are very proud of our achievement and how our staff have adjusted, and will continue to adjust,  in learning the dynamics of our internal and state accountability systems.  Our aim is consistent  with the values of our community; high achievement through outstanding instruction held within a base of rich and broad learning experiences for our students. Our use of data to inform our progress and needed areas  of increased focus has been observed throughout our buildings and departments more than ever and is a marker of our commitment to continuous improvement," shared Dr. Joe Hill, Superintendent.