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September 15, 2019

9/5/2019 2:01:00 PM
MDE releases North Branch Area Schools tests scores

The Minnesota Department of Education has released districtwide MCA III results for the 2018-2019 (last year) school term. Scores on the MCA III reading test are measured in grades three through eight and again in grade 10.

Scores on the MCA III math test are measured in grades three through eight and in grade 11.

North Star is Minnesota’s New System for Support, Recognition, and Reporting. The foundation of North Star’s process for prioritization is a stage-based approach to school accountability. Measures of evaluation, include achievement and progress over time on state tests, progress towards English language proficiency for students learning English, four- and seven-year graduation rates, and consistent attendance. The system reflects Minnesota’s commitment to equity and an accelerated sense of urgency in confronting disparities experienced by students who have been traditionally underserved;  English learners, students receiving special education services, and students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

The Academic Achievement - Reading Results
for North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) overall scores (students meeting or exceeding proficiency measures) are slightly above the statewide average.

North Branch Area Public Schools - 59.49 percent, State scores - 58.29 percent.

Academic Achievement - Math Results
In math, NBAPS overall scores were above the state average.  Average math proficiency score all students,
North Branch Area Public Schools - 54.02 percent, State scores - 53.85 percent.

Beyond the numbers
NBAPS strives to offer a comprehensive education for students and is proud of the many unique options it provides students.

Not only does NBAPS offer programs such as Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and PLTW Launch, robotics, Pro-Start Culinary, award-winning PBIS (positive behavior intervention and supports), Olweus Bullying Prevention PK-12, and world language K-12, each student grades 5-12 receives a Chromebook for the entire school year!

A successful three-question referendum in 2017 now provides world-class facilities for our students, staff, and community members to grow and flourish.

“We strive for continuous improvement. The district analyzes academic and behavior on a continuous basis.  and building leadership teams using a variety of student achievement data, including the MCA results, and behavior data to develop yearly growth goals at the building and student levels,” said David Treichel, Director of Teaching and Learning.

“This data, along with school and classroom student achievement data, informs district and building administrators, teacher leaders and licensed staff in creating viable action plans aligned to the district’s strategic plan and mission to ensure continuous growth for all learners.

“We applaud our students, staff, and families for their hard work, dedication, and support. The greatest impact on student learning comes directly from the dedicated teachers, support staff and community partnership,”  Treichel concluded.

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