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How is your school performing?


Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Since 2006, the Minnesota Department of Education has administered the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test for students, teachers and administrators to identify areas of proficiency along with opportunities for improvement.

With the spring 2009 results of all individual schools and districts becoming available to the public at the web site for the Minnesota Department of Education, educators and parents are interested in determining where their school stands.

In an effort to put my arms around the MCA comparables of each school district, I sorted and filtered the test scores and proficiency levels of all schools including: Chatfield Public Schools, Lanesboro Public School District, Mabel-Canton Public School District, Rushford-Peterson Public Schools, Kingsland Public School District and Fillmore Central School District.

The Lanesboro Public School District had mixed results. Their third-graders demonstrated 100% proficiency with math and reading, outperforming all other schools in the Fillmore County area. However, their 11th grade math proficiency put them second from the bottom of the six-school list with only 17.9% of the students meeting or exceeding state standards. This compares with the state average of 41.6% of the students demonstrating proficiency in mathematics. On the flip side, Lanesboro 10th graders finished 4% above the state average in reading.

Lanesboro Superintendent, Jeff Boggs, said "We landed about where we thought we would."

Boggs went on to say "There's a lot of different ways to look at testing. The 10th grade math test is the toughest math test."

Sharing the same opinion as many other administrators, Boggs added "The state has not been really clear on what is going to be on the test, so it's kind of like trying to hit a moving target."

Chatfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Don Hainlen, now going into his fourth year in this role, indicated, "The state has continued to raise the standards. In time, few schools are going to struggle to meet the cut line for satisfactory."

Chatfield third-graders scored 1.8% below the state average for math and 5.3% above the state average for reading. Meanwhile, 10th-graders finished 2.1% below the state average for reading, and 11th-graders scored 3.2% lower than the state average in math. With enrollment numbers so low at each school, 2% to 3% may be equivalent to one student.

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Lanesboro follow-up meeting regarding bullying

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Concerned parents, faculty, and community members attended a special meeting on July 14th to further discuss the topic of bullying in the Lanesboro Public Schools. The issue spurred much debate and discussion at the last school board meeting on June ..... 
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Second Lanesboro school board meeting of the week

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Parents packed the room at the July 16 Lanesboro school board meeting in hopes of further discussing the recent hot-button bullying issue, although it was lunch prices, substitute teacher pay, and renewing yearly agreements that dominated the meetin ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board proposed 2009/10 budget

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Education

Many decisions were made for the 2009-2010 school year at the recent Fillmore Central School Board meeting on June 23rd. There were also some changes made to the teachers. The board accepted a resignation from Charlene Grabau, a part-time custodian. ..... 
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Lanesboro parents and school contend with bullying

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Education

Over 30 concerned parents and community members packed into a small office in the Lanesboro Public School Thursday, June 18 to share their opinions and worries on the topic of bullying. Although there were many other items on the agenda for the scho ..... 
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Kingsland School Board

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board meeting started off on a very positive note as a major contribution from the Kingsland Booster Club was made. Superintendent Darrin Strosahl accepted the check of $20,000 from Booster Club member, Steve Tammel. Strosahl th ..... 
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Unexpected news at R-P School Board Meeting

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Education

While the majority of the Monday, June 15, meeting was coupled with a casual atmosphere and moments of laughter, as to be expected at the end of a school year, there was also a surprising turn of events.

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Fillmore Central School Board discusses project funding

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board decided to go ahead with a large and much-needed project at the Middle School at their May 26 meeting. Aaron Hess from A&F Consulting spoke to the board about the HVAC project and the air quality study that was rece ..... 
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Frustration and pride for R-P School Board

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

In a topic that was also recently present on the city council agenda, R-P Community Education director Beth Thede presented comments on the city's suggestion that Community Education absorb the summer ball schedule. The program has always been run b ..... 
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