The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) results for the 2014-15 school year have been released. The MCA is a standardized test taken each spring by students across the state in grades 3-8 and 11 (for math), grades 3-8 and 10 (for reading), and grades 5, 8 and high school (for science).
Compared to 2014, SPPS stayed the same in reading proficiency, decreased two percentage points in math proficiency and increased by two percentage points in science. Spring 2015 scores across the state showed little movement from previous years.
You and I know that our students and teachers cannot be fully evaluated by a single standardized test.The MCA is only one measure of student achievement. Even so, we should be concerned with the lack of acceleration in our scores and the large racial and economic gaps that persist. We must continue to aggressively address these gaps.
Clear patterns have emerged. Some of our schools consistently score well on the MCAs, while most others show inconsistency from year to year. SPPS, like every other urban school district in the nation, continues to search for the right combination of programming, professional development, and community support that will increase academic achievement for all students.
As you review the MCA results, please keep in mind the other indicators of student success in SPPS. For example, our graduation rates exceed the state average in nearly all SPPS high schools and student demographic groups. MDE will release the Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) in September. The MMR measures proficiency, student growth and achievement gap reduction.
We take MCA results seriously because they can help us see our work through a different lens and reflect on what we need to do better. I applaud all of you for your hard work and dedication.Together we can make the improvements that SPPS students deserve.
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