The Minnesota Department of Education has released district-wide MCA III results for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Scores on the MCA III reading test are measured in grades three through eight and again in grade 10. Scores on the MCA III math test are measured in grades three through eight and again in grade 11.

Minnesota uses the North Star system to identify schools and districts for support. The North Star system was designed using extensive feedback from diverse stakeholders across Minnesota to satisfy the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the state’s World’s Best Workforce law (WBWF).

The foundation of North Star’s process for prioritization is a stage-based approach to school accountability that uses multiple measures of evaluation, including achievement and progress over time on state tests, progress towards English language proficiency for students learning English, four- and seven-year graduation rates, and consistent attendance. 

The system reflects Minnesota’s commitment to equity and an accelerated sense of urgency in confronting disparities experienced by students who have been traditionally underserved, including students belonging to racial/ethnic student groups, English learners, students receiving special education services, and students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. 

Academic Achievement - Reading

and math Results

In reading, North Branch Area Public Schools’ (NBAPS) overall scores (students meeting or exceeding proficiency measures) are at 59.49%, slightly above the statewide average of 58.29%.  

In math, NBAPS’ overall scores were above the state average of 53.85%, coming in at 54.02% (see charts).

Beyond the numbers

NBAPS offers a comprehensive education for students with many unique options for students. Not only does it offer programs such as Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and PLTW Launch, robotics, Pro-Start Culinary, award-winning PBIS (positive behavior intervention and supports), Olweus Bullying Prevention PK-12, and world language K-12, each student in grades 5-12 receives a Chromebook for the entire school year. 

A successful three-question referendum in 2017 now provides world-class facilities for students, staff and community members to grow and flourish.

“We strive for continuous improvement,” said David Treichel, Director of Teaching and Learning. “The district analyzes academic and behavior on a continuous basis. Building level leadership teams use a variety of student achievement data, including the MCA results and behavior data to develop yearly growth goals at the building and student levels. This data, along with school and classroom student achievement data, informs district and building administrators, teacher leaders and licensed staff in creating viable action plans aligned to the district’s strategic plan and mission to ensure continuous growth for all learners. We applaud our students, staff and families for their hard work, dedication and support. The greatest impact on student learning comes directly from the dedicated teachers, support staff and community partnership.” 

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