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Rushford-Peterson Schools reflect on Statewide Assessment results

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Minnesota Department of Education has released the statewide assessment scores, and Rushford-Peterson students showed tremendous growth across the board in 2009-2010. Students in third through eighth grades, tenth and eleventh grades are measured utilizing the MCA-II (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) tests. Grades 3-8 are measured in both reading and math, while 10th grade is measured in reading and 11th grade is measured in math.

Of the 14 assessments given to students, 13 grade levels scored above, and in some cases well above, the State's average scores. A short time ago, in 2006-2007, R-P had only five out of the 14 tests finished at or above the State targets. "These scores are an indication that our instruction and curriculum are aligned with Minnesota academic standards," says Superintendent Chuck Ehler of R-P's results. "I give credit for these high marks to our teachers, staff, students, and parents. Their understanding of the importance of our instructional strategies and of the assessment procedures has significantly contributed to this success. The District will continue working on our goal to improve our instructional process, and we look forward to additional academic gains in the future."

Rushford-Peterson students, staff, and parents should be quite proud of these achievements. When compared locally, the third grade reading score, 96.1 percent proficient, was the highest score received by any school in Fillmore, Houston, Winona, and Olmsted counties. Also in comparison with all schools in these four counties, 12 out of the 14 R-P scores placed in the top 50 percent of schools.

Statewide results were not as promising as Rushford-Peterson's results. On the whole, there was a small increase in math scores throughout the state, while reading scores remained relatively flat.

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