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Eagan Students Outperform Peers on Statewide Standardized Tests

The majority of Eagan students tested above the state average on the spring math and reading assessments, according to data released on Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Education.

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For the most part, Eagan schools compared favorably to other schools across Minnesota on spring state exams testing students in math and reading proficiency.

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, given annually to the state's third- through eighth-graders in reading and math, and to high school sophomores (reading) and juniors (math), measures students' understanding of the relevant math and reading curriculum through their respective grades.

On the reading exam, 33 of 37 groups tested came in above the state average, according to data released publicly on Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Education. On the math exam, 26 of 37 groups tested scored higher than the state average.

See full results for each school below.

President Barack Obama that Minnesota was one of 10 states to receive a reprieve from the federal No Child Left Behind education law.

In exchange, Minnesota would have to outline new, “bold” reforms to improve teacher effectiveness, grade school accountability and close the achievement gap in social and ethnic categories.

The push from Minnesota, led by Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, uses four measures of school performance, using current tools such as the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests, Adequate Yearly Progress measures, a year-over-year measurement of student growth, and school district graduation rates.

Through those four measurements, three school designations will be created. Schools scoring in the bottom 5 percent will be designated as “Priority Schools,” where the state will focus on developing and implementing a turnaround plan for that school, or school district.

The next bottom 10 percent of schools, as measured by the state, will be tagged as “Focus Schools.” These schools will be asked to work with their respective school district and the MDE to identify which subgroups are creating an achievement gap, and target an improvement plan to address specific needs.

Finally, schools in the top 15 percent will be identified as “Reward Schools.” These schools will be asked to share best practices with MDE, and will be “publicly recognized” at the state level for their work.

Under previous standards, an entire school was penalized (categorized as “not achieving AYP”) if one sub-category in that school failed to reach its goal. The eight subgroups are American Indian, Asian, Black, Hispanic, White, English Language Learners, students who receive free and reduced lunch and special education students.

Instead, through the Education Department's four measures, those sub-categories will attain the most assistance, Cassellius said. Accountability results detailing how well individual schools are meeting Minnesota's expectations will be released in late August.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, Cassellius said she was pleased with the 2012 testing results.

"The upward trends we're seeing show that we are on the right path to prepare our students for success,” Cassellius wrote. "As teachers, principals and districts continue to sharpen their focus on reading well by third grade; I believe we’ll continue to see even greater gains across all grade levels as time goes on."

Eagan's MCA-II/III Reading Results*

* In percentages, rounded to the nearest tenth.

Key
D=Did not meet expectations; P=Partially meets expectations; M=Meets expectations; E=Exceeds expectations

School Grade D P M E 2012 Proficiency 2012 State 2011 Proficiency 2011 State 3 4.7 2.8 18.7 73.8 92.5 80.4
89.7 78.5 4 3.2 11.8 26.9 58.1 85 75.3
87 75.2 5 7.6 8.9 31.6 51.9 83.5 79.3
89.3 80.3 3 7.8
4.3
17.2
70.7 87.9 80.4 90.1 78.5 4 4
13.3
13.3
69.3 82.6 75.3 87.6 75.2 5 4.9
4.9
33.3
56.8 90.1 79.3 85.1
80.3 3 11.6 2.9 17.4 68.1 85.5 80.4 94 78.5 4 6.3 4.7 29.7 59.4 89.1 75.3 87 75.2 5 1.4 6.8 37.8 54.1 91.9 79.3 93.4 80.3 3 15.2 9.1 23.2 52.5 75.7 80.4 83.7 78.5 4 7 20 32 41 73 75.3 85.1 75.2 5 5.1 9.2 33.7 52 85.7 79.3 86.8 80.3 3 2.2 15.2 21.7 60.9 82.6 80.4 85.7 78.5 4 6.7 16.7 31.7 45 76.7 75.3 60.4 75.2 3 6 6 14.5 73.5 88 80.4 92.1 78.5 4 2.9 5.7 29.5 61.9 91.4 75.3 92.8 75.2 5 1.5 8.2 32.1 58.2 90.3 79.3 92.1 80.3 3 17 7.5 30.2 45.3 75.5 80.4 67.9 78.5 4 18.5 13 38.9 29.6 68.5 75.3 86.3 75.2 5 4.1 10.2 40.8 44.9 85.7 79.3 88.4 80.3 6 3.6 10.7 37.5 48.2 85.7 76.2 59.5 75.1 3 5.3 5.3 24 65.5 89.5 80.4 85.1 78.5 4 4.3 12.9 22.1 60.7 82.8 75.3 89.6 75.2 5 4.5 12.3 39 44.2 83.2 79.3 87.2 80.3 3 6.4 3.8 17.9 71.8 89.7 80.4 89.6 78.5 4 5.7 7.5 18.9 67.9 86.8 75.3 89.9 75.2 5 3.0 4.5 32.8 59.7 92.5 79.3 98.7 80.3 3 8.9 8.9 25.3 57 82.3 80.4 88.9 78.5 4 2.5 16.5 26.6 54.4 81 75.3 73.6 75.2 5 1.1 9.8 33.7 55.4 89.1 79.3 96.7 80.3 6 5.2 10.9 34.5 49.4 83.9 76.2 80.1 75.1 7 8.8 16.1 31.2 43.9 75.1 71.4 74.8 69.6 8 7.2 17.4 27.6 47.8 75.4 72.4 79.8 68.1 6 1.3 9.6 29.8 59.3 89.1 76.2 87.8 75.1 7 3.2 11.5 31.2 54.1 85.3 71.4 84.5 69.6 8 1.8 12.1 27.4 58.7 86.1 72.4 85.6 68.1 10 2.5 10.9 39.3 47.3 86.6 76.8 90.2 75.3

 

Eagan's MCA-II/III Math Results*

School Grade D P M E 2012 Proficiency 2012 State 2011 Proficiency 2011 State Deerwood 3 6.5 9.3 44.9 39.3 84.2 75.5 84.2 70.1 4 6.4 8.5 34.0 51.1 85.1 73.3 88.3 67.2 5 12.5 12.5 43.8 31.3 75.1 62.3 72.4 53.6 Glacier Hills 3 8.5 7.6 29.7 54.2 83.9 75.5 76.7 70.1 4 12 17.3 29.3 41.3 70.6 73.3 81.6 67.2 5 1.2 13.4 46.3 39 85.3 62.3 68.8 53.6 Northview 3 7.2 13 42 37.7 79.7 75.5 96.9 70.1 4 10.9 17.2 31.3 40.6 71.9 73.3 84.5 67.2 5 7.8 11.7 49.4 31.2 80.6 62.3 75.6 53.6 Oak Ridge 3 16.2 21.2 41.4 21.2 62.6 75.5 62.6 70.1 4 4 20.2 40.4 35.4 75.8 73.3 69 67.2 5 11 28 38 23 61 62.3 48.5 53.6 Pilot Knob 3 2.1 8.3 50 39.6 89.6 75.5 97.3 70.1 4 3.3 8.2 52.5 36.1 88.6 73.3 85.7 67.2 Pinewood 3 9.4 9.4 31.6 49.6 81.2 75.5 92 70.1 4 5.7 13.2 39.6 41.5 81.1 73.3 81.6 67.2 5 8.3 18 40.6 33.1 73.7 62.3 62.2 53.6 Rahn 3 20.8 15.1 37.7 26.4 64.1 75.5 69.8 70.1 4 18.9 11.3 50.9 18.9 69.8 73.3 72.2 67.2 5 20.8 24.5 35.8 18.9 54.7 62.3 62.2 53.6 6 7.1 25 39.3 28.6 67.9 59.8 77.8 50.3 Red Pine 3 6.4 11 39.5 43 82.5 75.5 80.8 70.1 4 6.4 10.7 35.7 47.1 82.8 73.3 84.4 67.2 5 14.8 25.2 38.1 21.9 60 62.3 67.2 53.6 Thomas Lake 3 5.1 11.5 39.7 43.6 83.3 75.5 86.2 70.1 4 5.7 7.5 30.2 56.6 86.8 73.3 85.7 67.2 5 5.9 11.8 44.1 38.2 82.3 62.3 84.1 53.6 Woodland 3 15.2 16.5 36.7 31.6 68.3 75.5 81.2 70.1 4 7.6 20.3 34.2 38 73 73.3 67.8 67.2 5 6.7 15.7 41.6 36 77.6 62.3 82.4 53.6 Black Hawk 6 16 19 33.2 31.7 64.9 59.8 47.8 50.3 7 14.8 28.2 35.9 21.1 57 58.6 55.3 51.7 8 13.8 20.5 34.6 31.1 65.7 62 57.4 53.2 Dakota Hills
6 8.5 16.5 35.1 39.9 75 59.8 72.3 50.3 7 6.2 26.9 40.2 26.6 66.8 58.6 69.5 51.7 8 9 14.9 37.8 38.3 76.1 62 62.8 53.2 Eagan High School 11 11.9 23.8 31.7 32.7 64.4 42.5 70.7 48.6

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