Helmut Schmidt, Published August 30 2012
Many Minnesota area schools score well in ratingsMOORHEAD – Minnesota’s K-12 public schools are making gains in closing achievement gaps between whites and other ethnic groups, the Department of Education reports.
The department Wednesday released the latest Multiple Measurement Ratings for Title I schools, with results from the 2011-12 school year.
Many area schools continue to perform well in this second round of the MMR, which measures student proficiency, growth in knowledge, reductions in achievement gaps between whites and other subgroups, and graduation rates.
The greatest growth is in statewide math performance, where nearly all of the subgroups improved, particularly blacks, Hispanics, American Indians, English Language Learners and students receiving free and reduced lunches, the Department of Education said.
The department said reading gaps are not being closed for most groups, except special education students.
“Today’s data shows that we’re starting to bend the curve in the right direction,” Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said.
Ratings are given to Title I schools, which serve areas with high levels of poverty.
Here’s how they break down:
- Reward schools’ MMR scores are the top 15 percent in the state. There are 128 Reward schools. Locally, they include:
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Elementary; Frazee Elementary; Barnesville Elementary; New York Mills Elementary and High School; Heart of the Lakes Elementary in Perham-Dent School District; Rothsay Elementary and High School; Norman County East Elementary; and Norman County West High School.
- The next 10 percent of Title I schools, 211 in all, are Celebration Eligible. Locally, they include:
Moorhead’s Robert Asp Elementary; Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Junior High School; Roosevelt Elementary, Detroit Lakes; Century Elementary, Park Rapids; Cleveland Elementary, Fergus Falls; Fertile-Beltrami Elementary; Pearson Elementary, Wheaton; Ulen-Hitterdal Elementary; Norman County West Elementary; and Ada Elementary.
- On the other end of the spectrum, two schools, Mahnomen Elementary and Waubun High School, were listed as Priority schools for MMR ratings in the bottom 5 percent of Title I schools.
There are 42 priority schools statewide.
- There are also Focus schools. Focus ratings look at student proficiency and reductions in achievement gaps for seven subgroups (black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, free and reduced price lunch, special education, and English Language Learners).
Moorhead’s Ellen Hopkins Elementary and Pelican Rapids’ Viking Elementary are Focus schools for falling in the bottom 10 percent of Focus ratings.
They must develop school improvement plans to address poor performance.
There are 85 Focus schools statewide.
- Hawley Elementary is tabbed for Continuous Improvement.
The Continuous Improvement category includes the bottom 25 percent of Title I schools – 86 in all. They must write school improvement plans, and 10 percent of the plans will be audited.
(The bottom 25 percent of Title I schools also include Priority and Focus schools, but those schools will not be in Continuous Improvement, too.)
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