For Immediate Release: August 1, 2012
WBLAS Contact: Marisa Vette, 651-407-7695, firstname.lastname@example.org
This week the Minnesota Department of
Education released 2012 student MCA results for all Minnesota schools. White
Bear Lake Area School District student results showed improvement at nearly
every grade level. District math scores improved by more than 5 percentage
points, and reading was up by 2 percentage points.
Compared to overall state averages, White Bear student proficiency in math is 68%, 7 percentage points above the state. Elementary school proficiency improved by more than 6 percentage points, to 79%, and middle schools by more than 13 percentage points, to 67%.
The District's overall student reading proficiency is 79.4%, 4 percentage points above the state. Proficiency in reading continues a five-year rise, with more than 82% now proficient at elementary, more than 79% proficient at middle school and 81% proficient at high school.
Results of the GRAD Written Composition test, taken by ninth grade students, also were released. White Bear Lake Area High School students scored 94% proficient, more than 2 percentage points above the state average.
"We use this annual snapshot of student progress as one of several measures to assure all our students are above grade level proficiency or are on their way to gaining proficiency," said Michael Lovett, Superintendent. "Our district's strategic plan commits us to the goal that all students will reach proficiency in math and reading by grade four and maintain proficiency at every grade level thereafter."
MCA scores measure proficiency, which is the percentage of students who meet the threshold designated by the state. They differ from other tests that measure growth during the school year. For example, White Bear Lake Area Schools and many other area schools use the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment to measure student progress during the year. For 2011-12, White Bear Lake Area students showed average growth of 1 year, 4 months in reading and 1 year, 7 months in mathematics. National average growth is one year.
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