On Thursday, District 861 Curriculum Director Jenny Bushman clarified incorrect information given to the school board last month as part of a proposal for a “Balanced Literacy” approach for reading instruction.
The information packet included the following statement: “80 percent of Winona Area Public Schools K-4 students are not meeting target based on AIMSweb Benchmark Assessments.”
Bushman said that what it really meant was this: the district’s goal for such assessments is to have 80 percent of the student population meet or exceed proficiency standards, and that goal is not being met.
The mistake cause a lot of unrest amongst teachers, said Bushman, to whom she apologized for not clarifying or explaining the statement during the April 19 meeting.
Bushman explained that district AIMS range over the last five years has been between 50 and 60 percent (of students at or exceeding the target). MCA tests for third and fourth graders, she said, shows between 60 and 70 percent each year meeting proficiency standards.
See a chart showing the most recent MCA test results on this page for more.