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Proficiency Trends-Reading, Math and Science

posted Aug 2, 2016, 8:54 AM by Kari Osborne   [ updated Aug 2, 2016, 8:54 AM by CEL Marketing PR Design ]

Proficiency Trends Continue to Climb

Reading, Math, and Science

Dear Princeton Community,

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA-III) are tests in reading, math and science taken annually to measure student performance in relation to the Minnesota Academic Standards.  Students in grades 3-8, 10 take reading, grades 3-8, 11 take math, and grades 5, 8, 10 take science. Final 2016 data for Princeton Public Schools show  approximately 64% of students are proficient in Reading, 61% are proficient in Math and 62% are proficient in Science. Final data for all Minnesota school districts were publicly released today and are available on the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Report card at: http://rc.education.state.mn.us/

As has been the case in the past three years, our proficiency trends continue to climb.  

  • District reading from 59.3% in 2015 to 64.6% in 2016.

  • District math from 57.7% in 2015 to 61.4% in 2016.

  • District science from 58.1% in 2015 to 62.4% in 2016.

Some of the most impressive increases in proficiency by grade level are:

  • Fourth grade reading from 59.6% in 2015 to 69.5% in 2016.

  • Tenth grade reading from 48.1% in 2015 to 59.2% in 2016.

  • Sixth grade math from 51% in 2015 to 59.1% in 2016.

  • Eighth grade math from 52.2% in 2015 to 67% in 2016.

  • Eighth grade science from 57.9% in 2015 to 66% in 2016.

The Princeton Public Schools strategic plan has a goal of providing personalized instruction for every student and another goal of preparing 21st century students to be career and college ready.  In order to achieve these goals,  we are:

  • Creating standards-based learning goals and progressions for each course and/or grade level.

  • Creating, administering and analyzing common assessments to monitor student growth.

Our district has committed to quality professional development for our teachers and administrators, and this has contributed to our success.  The strategic plan has aligned our goals from the individual teacher level to their department or grade level level to the school level to the district level.  These cascading domains maximize student success.

Teachers and Administrators have worked very hard to meet goals, and we will continue to do so through-out the 2016-2017 school year.  The MCAs are just one indicator  we use to measure student performance.  Teachers are looking for student growth every single day.  This growth mindset has been an effort  we have implemented over the past few years.

Individual student results will be sent home later this summer in late August. If you have questions about the results, please contact your school principal.

Whether you are a parent or a relative or a community person, please continue to support our school personnel as we continue to help students to improve their own achievement.  It is a fact that creating a culture in which teams of teachers help one another get better is the secret to improving schools.  Be proud that we have it happening in Princeton Public Schools.


Julia A. Espe