Lakeville Area Public Schools demonstrated good academic achievement with the percentage of students meeting or exceeding achievement targets in reading and math above state average, according to Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments results released Monday, Aug. 7. The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and meet federal and state legislative requirements.
MCA highlights include:
- Lakeville North High School showed a notable increase in reading proficiency.
- Christina Huddleston Elementary School posted strong increases in both math and reading proficiency.
- Eastview Elementary School achieved a 91 percent proficiency rate in mathematics.
The district also identified several areas of focus for the 2017-18 school year, including improving scores overall and closing the achievement gap. Additionally, there are concerning downturns in several elementary schools’ math outcomes. Corrective action plans must be developed to address these areas.
“These results show the students perform well against the state standards or average,” said Superintendent Michael Baumann. “Data shows we are remaining fairly level as a district for three years now. There is also a downturn in math scores in elementary. This presents a significant challenge ahead. We must demonstrate improvement in academic achievement in the future. We have a terrific team of students, staff and community; they are incredible people whose continuing hard work will make us soar into the future.”
The district focus on closing the achievement gap is an essential part of our work, said Dr. Emily McDonald, executive director of Teaching and Learning.
“We remain committed to increasing growth and proficiency for all students. Most importantly, we want to ensure we are providing students with meaningful and engaging learning experiences that will help them be future ready,” McDonald said.
District staff will come together Aug. 15 to analyze the data and begin the process of reviewing school improvement plans, setting goals and developing improvement strategies at the district’s annual data retreat.
“We want to make sure we have a well rounded picture of how we are performing as a district. At our annual data retreat, teachers and leaders utilize a wide variety of data, including MCAs, to identify where we are seeing success, as well as areas of improvement,” McDonald said.