Park Rapids, Menahga schools review state test results

/ 26 May 2012 / jennifer

Jean Ruzicka, Park Rapids Enterprise, May 26, 2012 –

The Minnesota Department of Education released Multiple Measurement Ratings this week, intended to more accurately gauge student achievement and portray school performance.

The new ratings are the result the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver.

In Park Rapids, Century Elementary students’ overall rating was 48 percent and the middle school’s was 17 percent.

The overall rating is a 0 to 100 score intended to show how well students performed on standardized tests, how much progress students make from one test to the next, progress in closing the achievement gap and, for high schools, the graduation rate.

The schools’ achievement gap ratings were 54 percent for the elementary and 41 percent for the middle school.

The achievement gap or focus rating is a 0 to 100 score that measures how well each school is doing on closing the achievement gap.

The ratings, Century School Principal Joleen DeLaHunt pointed out, are based on 2010-11 MCA data. “This is old data. Now we need to look at 2012 data, look at trend data – where we were, where we are and where to we need to go.

“We will look at developing goals and a plan of action toward improvement,” she said. “We will look at growth data – fall to spring. This is summative data. We want to look at how students are growing. We will use curriculum-based methods of assessment to measure students’ progress and achievement,” she said.

Park Rapids senior high students received an overall rating of 44 percent and an achievement gap rating of 49 percent.

In Menahga, the elementary school had an overall rating of 49 percent and an achievement gap rating of 61 percent. The high school had an overall rating of 70 percent and an achievement gap rating of 68 percent.

According to the Minnesota Department of Education, the overarching goal of the new measurement system and Minnesota’s waiver is to dramatically improve the disparity in academic performance between students of color and in poverty and their white counterparts, often called the “achievement gap.”