Lakeville Area Schools continues progress towards closing the achievement gap

Lakeville Area Schools continued strong performance across the quality indicators used by the Minnesota Department of Education. The district’s performance on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) was well above state averages and reading proficiency levels for Black, Hispanic, and American Indian students have been rising for the last three years, getting closer to closing the achievement gap.

Lakeville Area students achieved an overall proficiency rate of 73.2%, while the state was 59.1%. In math, they achieved an MCA proficiency rate of 69.4% compared to the state average of 54.9%. While MCA scores have always tracked above state averages, Lakeville Area Schools has been mirroring a statewide downward trend in math proficiency.

MCA scores are one of the indicators of school success used by the Minnesota Department of Education. The state also monitors graduation rates, attendance rates, and the progress English Learners make toward English proficiency. The four-year graduation rate for Lakeville Area Schools was 93.1% compared to the state average of 83.2%. Consistent attendance, a measure of what percentage of students attend school more than 90% of the time, was 89.3% in Lakeville Area Schools and 85.5% statewide. English Learners in Lakeville Area Schools made, on average, 67.9% of their expected progress toward English proficiency compared to a state average of 61.4%.

“While we are pleased that we consistently perform above state averages in the MCAs, we look to a variety of metrics to measure our success,” said Assistant Superintendent Emily McDonald. “As the district strives to meet the needs of every child every day and continuously improve, we have developed a continuum of supports to ensure the success of our students. Our efforts to improve our schools include social and emotional learning, professional learning communities, school improvement plans, and professional development aimed at creating equitable schools.”

Overall, Lakeville Area Schools continues to distinguish itself as a leader in educating students for success in the classroom, at home, and beyond. On Tuesday, November 5, Lakeville Area Schools will be asking voters to consider an operating levy and bond referendum to enhance the district’s student opportunities and expand the safety and security of the schools in order to continue being a leader in education.

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