Handful of schools struggle with new accountability rates
After receiving mixed results on Minnesota’s accountability standards last year, District 196 schools have shown improvement.
More than half (23 of 30) schools in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District improved their overall scores from last year on the Multiple Measurement Rating assessment, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Education.
The new system — which rolled out in 2012 — is based on the results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments in math and reading, the academic growth of individual students, graduation rates and the scope of a school’s achievement gap between upper-income white students and lower-income minorities.
All Minnesota public schools receive an MMR score, which is represented as a percentage that is calculated from points earned in the aforementioned areas. Up to 25 points are given for each area.
The MMR is part of the state’s waiver that replaced federal standards under the No Child Left Behind law.
Secondary schools within the district made significant gains between 2012 and 2013. At the high school level, Eastview made the most improvement with a 28.8 percent increase, followed by Eagan High School with 24.47 percent.
“This is the first time in a long time every secondary school made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress),” said Michelle DeMers, assessment coordinator for District 196.
With a score of 98.03 percent, Eastview has the highest MMR score in the district.
Of the district’s middle schools, Valley Middle, which has an MMR score of 85.26 percent, showed the most improvement with a 63.56 percent increase.
“It’s the biggest swing I’ve ever seen,” DeMers said.
Though Dakota Hills didn’t improve as much as Valley Middle, it has an MMR score of 87.48 percent — the highest among District 196 middle schools.
Though nearly all middle schools in the district showed improvement this year, one school, Scott Highlands saw a 5.35 percent decrease with a score of 74.15 percent.
More than half of the district’s 18 schools improved their MMR scores. Of the 13 to improve, three — Pinewood, Deerwood, and Diamond Path — improved by more than 30 percent.
All three schools had scores of approximately 90 percent.
The district’s performance is significantly better than last year when half of its schools had a decrease in MMR scores, which were based students’ performance in 2010-2011.
Four elementary schools continued to have falling scores.
Schools with high concentrations of poverty that receive federal Title I funding may also receive a designation as Reward, Celebration Eligible, Continuous Improvement, Focus or Priority.
District 196 has 10 Title I schools — Cedar Park, Deerwood, Echo Park, Glacier Hills, Greenleaf, Oak Ridge, Parkview, Rosemount, Southview and Westview. Schools that don’t receive Title I funding don’t receive a designation.
Reward schools are the highest-performing 15 percent of Title I schools in the state. Deerwood and Greenleaf received this designation for the second consecutive year.
Echo Park, Glacier Hills, Oak Ridge and Rosemount received a Celebration designation, which applies to the highest-performing 15 to 25 percent of Title I schools in the state.
Although they receive Title I funding, Parkview, Cedar Park, and Southview didn’t receive designations.
Only one school, Westview, received a Continuous Improvement designation, which applies to the lowest-performing 15 to 25 percent of Title I schools in the state.
Westview received a score of 16.21 percent, which is a 27.01 percent drop from last year. The primary reason for the decline, DeMers said, is a drop in student proficiency in math.
“The district will be looking into it and plan to provide support,” DeMers said.
Valley Middle School received a low score of 21.70 percent in 2012 but rebounded this year.