MN Schools Designations 30 Aug 12

Minnesota students are making some progress toward meeting the new mathematics standards, but state Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says that many remain stagnant on reading. That’s the conclusion after the state took another look at statewide test scores released earlier this summer, with an eye on how much progress students are making. Cassellius predicts better results in reading, because it will now also be taught in science and social studies classes. She predicts that literacy aid going to schools, plus the focus on making sure all students read well in third grade, will help schools move up the bar in reading. Schools were given labels based on several measures, including student proficiency in reading and math, yearly student growth, minority achievement gap reductions, and graduation rate. “Reward” schools are among the top 15% in the state. Local schools meeting that criteria include Nicollet Elementary and Wabasso High School. “Celebration Eligible” schools are the next 25%, and include Sleepy Eye, Springfield, Wabasso, Cedar Mountain, Red Rock Central, Redwood and Comfrey elementary schools, as well as Comfrey High School.