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From Superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools Valeria Silva:
This week the Minnesota Department of Education released the results of their annual Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR) for schools across the state. I encourage you to review those results at the links below.
While these MMR results provide an additional sense of urgency to our mission, they are not a surprise to us. They are, in fact, simply one perspective on our progress toward graduating all students college and career ready.
As you know, SPPS has been through an extensive transformation in the past three years – perhaps the most extensive in its history. We would expect some overall short-term loss on behalf of long-term gain, and I believe that’s what we have seen and what we will recover from.
I wouldn’t be surprised if some people criticize us now for trying to do too much too quickly, but I would argue that there wasn’t a moment to lose.
In fact, we’re already seeing the results of our Strong Schools, Strong Communities (SSSC) work in our high schools, where four-year graduation rates are our highest ever. If you will remember, we began our SSSC implementation in our high schools. In fact, I’m very proud to report that almost all of our high schools are either in MDE’s Reward or Celebration Eligible designation. This is true progress!
I fully expect that we will see similar progress in elementary and middle in the years to come as SSSC changes continue to take hold.
Friends, ensuring that all of our students graduate from high school college or career ready is like running a marathon. These MMR ratings are the equivalent of our “split time” – how fast and far we’ve run to date. What’s important is completing the marathon and, believe me, that’s what we’re going to do.
Please believe me when I say that I recognize all the hard work you have done. This is not the time to lose hope. Instead we must redouble our efforts and work even harder to improve the academic performance of all our learners.
Thank you so very much. If you have questions about the MMR, please contact Sherry Carlstrom in our Title I Office at 651.744.1451.
Your very proud superintendent,
Valeria S. Silva
To see more MMR results, see MDE's Minnesota Report Card.
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