2015 Multiple Measurement and Focus Ratings

2015 ISD 709 State Multiple Measurement and Focus Rating Results

    In September, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) and Focus Ratings (FR) for all Minnesota schools. 

    The ratings are an effort by the state of Minnesota to measure progress in closing the achievement gap, which is the difference in academic performance and on-time graduation rates between groups of students.  Most commonly, gaps are evident based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and the receiving of special education services.

    “The good news is that overall student achievement continues to grow and that in some areas students experiencing an achievement gap are seeing growth,” said Amy Starzecki, Assistant Superintendent for ISD 709.  “We must continue to focus and adjust our efforts to raise overall achievement and to increase achievement more quickly for students experiencing a gap.”

     In ISD 709 several student groups increased proficiency on state tests in 2015. In some cases, groups of students not experiencing an achievement gap saw even greater gains – so, while student achievement overall increased, in some cases the gap between student groups also increased. 

    Laura MacArthur Elementary School is Celebration Eligible, Piedmont Elementary School remains a Continuous Improvement School and Lowell Elementary School remains a Focus school.


School

2013 MMR

2014 MMR

2015 MMR

2013 FR

2014 FR

2015 FR

Area Learning Center

46.73

55.94

49.07

22.89

31.1

29.04

Congdon

88.75

73.91

75.22

93.02

79.67

77.82

Denfeld

37.62

45.65

49.77

43.8

24.76

22.75

East

68.44

76.25

71.26

50.93

74.08

56.27

Homecroft

82.76

65.8

73.95

83.59

63.59

71.94

Lakewood

81.37

79.88

69.15

87.61

83.06

83.38

Laura MacArthur

70.36

84.8

54.54

88.87

93.46

67.91

Lester Park

80.37

72.99

67.82

80.5

71.79

74.97

Lincoln Park

26.78

33.9

24.48

37.94

26.7

19.24

Lowell

44.86

48.01

68.55

51.09

39

61.93

Merritt Creek Academy

15.38

32.74

48.88

10.11

26.19

36.98

Myers-Wilkins

53.67

58.92

48.47

63.84

76.22

41.53

Ordean East

57.7

50.1

52.92

58.75

53.59

52.14

Piedmont

38.24

44.83

6.94

50.7

52.49

8.97

Stowe

17.25

43.81

32.41

25.88

71.98

53.29

 

How MMR is calculated:

  • MMR uses results from the 2015 Reading and Math MCA and MTAS, our state accountability tests.
  • For elementary and middle schools, MMR is a calculation combining achievement gap reduction, proficiency, and individual student growth.
  • For high schools the calculation includes 4-year, on-time graduation rates.
  • MMR takes into consideration the performance of groups of students within the student body
  • MMR is used to identify Priority schools, Continuous Improvement schools, and Reward schools; Priority and Reward schools are identified every three years. New designations will be made in 2017. Celebration Eligible schools and Continuous Improvement schools are identified annually. Designations apply only to schools receiving Title I funding.

How FR is calculated:

  • FR uses results from the 2015 Reading and Math MCA and MTAS, our state accountability tests.
  • FR is a calculation combining achievement gap reduction and focused proficiency.
  • Like MMR, FR takes into consideration the performance of sub groups within the student body
  • FR is used to identify Focus schools; schools are identified every three years. Designations will be made in 2017 and apply only to schools receiving Title I funding.

Working to Help All Students Achieve Success

What is the “achievement gap?”

    The term refers to the differences in academic performance and on-time graduation rates between groups of students.  Most commonly, gaps are evident based on race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender and disability.

What happened in 2014-15?

    In ISD 709 several student groups experiencing a gap increased proficiency on state tests, which is good news. In some cases, groups of students not experiencing a gap saw even greater gains. So, while student achievement overall is increasing, in some cases the achievement gap also increased.

2015-16 Achievement Strategies (include, but are not limited to):

--Last year’s restructuring of the ISD 709 organization to focus on student achievement

--Cultural competency development for staff

--Up-to-date curriculum aligned with state standards and reflecting cultural relevance

--Multi-tiered system of support to address individual student needs

--High quality professional development – well trained teachers are key to student success

--Professional development for principals – with emphasis on instructional leadership 

--Involving families in their students’ academic success

--After school academic support and tutoring

--Working collaboratively with local organizations:  for example, True North Americorps, Promise Fellows, Reading Corps, Math Corps

--Using individual student data to impact day-to-day teaching strategies.  Last year we created the structures necessary to expand professional learning communities to all schools.  This year we’ll focus on helping teachers and principals leverage the time to provide the most benefit for students, to know at any given time what an individual student knows and to be able to adjust instruction as necessary to help that student meet their targets.

   It’s our expectation and mission to ensure that every student has the ability to realize their highest potential. 


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