Senior high students still lag behind state peers
Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment science scores for grades five and eight were both above state averages. The scores of neighboring schools were slightly lower than WAPS' numbers, with the exception of the St. Charles fifth graders, who had 87.3 percent of students who met or exceeded test standards.
At the high school level, WAPS fell behind both the state average and neighboring schools. Lewiston, St. Charles, and Wabasha all scored nearly 10 percent higher than the 36.7 percent of WAPS students who were deemed proficient. The state average for science at the high school level was 53 percent; only St. Charles surpassed the average, with 56 percent proficient.
Although WAPS fifth and eighth grades were above state averages, lower high school numbers may show a potential problem in the retention of science knowledge by older students.
To see more recent MCA proficiency measurements, visit winonapost.com.