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Regional MCAs a mixed bag (09/03/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer
The results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) for area school districts, including Lewiston-Altura, St. Charles, Wabasha-Kellogg and Rushford-Peterson, highlighted both positive and negative aspects related to student testing and comprehension.

All four districts performed better than the state average on the elementary math portion of the MCAs. Third grade students performed exceptionally well; while an average of 72 percent of third grade students across the state passed the third grade math test, 92.6 percent of St. Charles third grade students, 86.4 percent of Lewiston-Altura third grade students, 75.5 percent of Rushford-Peterson third grade students, and 73.6 percent of Wabasha-Kellogg third grade students met or exceeded the standards. Most of the elementary school students also passed the third and fourth grade reading MCAs, with 53.1 percent of Lewiston-Altura fourth grade students passing, missing the state average by 1.9 percent. Lewiston-Altura Elementary School Principal Dave Riebel said that while he was pleased with the overall test scores, he acknowledged that there was additional work needed to ensure the success of all students. “We will continue to focus on those students who many need a little supplemental instruction,” he said.

On the other end of the spectrum, all four districts performed below the state average for 10th grade reading. While an average of 62 percent of students statewide passed the MCA reading tests, only 52.1 percent of Rushford-Peterson, 56.3 percent of Lewiston-Altura, 58.7 percent of St. Charles, 58.7 percent of Wabasha-Kellogg 10th grade students met the standard for reading.

Many of the four districts also saw significant drops in math test scores from the elementary level to the middle school. While 86.4 percent of St. Charles fourth grade students passed the MCA reading test, only 57.9 percent of students met the standard in fifth grade. Like St. Charles, Wabasha-Kellogg also saw a significant decrease from fourth to fifth grade, with 86.3 percent of fourth grade students meeting standards and only 51.4 percent of fifth grade students performing to state standards. Seventy-nine percent of Rushford-Peterson fourth graders passed the MCA math test, compared to 50 percent of fifth graders. Lewiston-Altura saw the percent of students performing to state math standards drop from 75.8 percent in fourth grade to 35.3 percent in eighth grade. Lewiston-Altura eighth grade students also struggled on the science portion of the test, with only 28.5 percent meeting the state standards.

While Wabasha-Kellogg Elementary School principal Jon Stern could not speak for all schools and districts, he did share his thoughts on MCA test scores and gave a general comment. “We always want to test towards state standards, and we’re always looking for what we can do better to help meet the needs of our students,” he said. “We’re always looking to improve.”

Regional MCAs

Science

Lewiston-Altura

Fifth grade: 80 percent met the standards

Eighth grade: 28.5 percent met the standards

High school: 48.6 percent met the standards

St. Charles

Fifth grade: 78.9 percent met the standards

Eighth grade: 52.3 percent met the standards

High school: 66.7 percent met the standards

Wabasha-Kellogg

Fifth grade: 94.3 percent met the standards

Eighth grade: 62.5 percent met the standards

High school: 52.2 percent met the standards

Rushford-Peterson

Fifth grade: 69.8 percent met the standards

Eighth grade: 47.7 percent met the standards

High school: 44 percent met the standards

Math

Lewiston-Altura

Third grade: 86.4 percent met the standards

Fourth grade: 75.8 percent met the standards

Fifth grade: 75 percent met the standards

Sixth grade: 71.2 percent met the standards

Seventh grade: 54.3 percent met the standards

Eighth grade: 35.3 percent met the standards

11th grade: 41.9 percent met the standards

St. Charles

Third grade: 92.6 percent met the standards

Fourth grade: 86.4 percent met the standards

Fifth grade: 57.9 percent met the standards

Sixth grade: 81.3 percent met the standards

Seventh grade: 80.6 percent met the standards

Eighth grade: 75.8 percent met the standards

11th grade: 77.1 percent met the standards

Wabasha-Kellogg

Third grade: 73.6 percent met the standards

Fourth grade: 86.3 percent met the standards

Fifth grade: 51.4 percent met the standards

Sixth grade: 61.9 percent met the standards

Seventh grade: 87.8 percent met the standards

Eighth grade: 71.4 percent met the standards

11th grade: 54.5 percent met the standards

Rushford-Peterson

Third grade: 75.5 percent met the standards

Fourth grade: 79 percent met the standards

Fifth grade: 50 percent met the standards

Sixth grade: 71.4 percent met the standards

Seventh grade: 75 percent met the standards

Eighth grade: 67.5 percent met the standards

11th grade: 46 percent met the standards

Reading

Lewiston-Altura

Third grade: 79.6 percent met the standards

Fourth grade: 53.1 percent met the standards

Fifth grade: 80 percent met the standards

Sixth grade: 67.3 percent met the standards

Seventh grade: 50.9 percent met the standards

Eighth grade: 31.4 percent met the standards

10th grade: 56.3 percent met the standards

St. Charles

Third grade: 58.8 percent met the standards

Fourth grade: 56 percent met the standards

Fifth grade: 83.5 percent met the standards

Sixth grade: 89.1 percent met the standards

Seventh grade: 64.3 percent met the standards

Eighth grade: 61.1 percent met the standards

10th grade: 58.7 percent met the standards

Wabasha-Kellogg

Third grade: 61.8 percent met the standards

Fourth grade: 68.2 percent met the standards

Fifth grade: 65.8 percent met the standards

Sixth grade: 78.6 percent met the standards

Seventh grade: 60.9 percent met the standards

Eighth grade: 67.4 percent met the standards

10th grade: 58.7 percent met the standards

Rushford-Peterson

Third grade: 54.2 percent met the standards

Fourth grade: 68.4 percent met the standards

Fifth grade: 63.7 percent met the standards

Sixth grade: 77.6 percent met the standards

Seventh grade: 55.7 percent met the standards

Eighth grade: 47.7 percent met the standards

10th grade: 52.1 percent met the standards 

 

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