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.