During the last board meeting I gave a report on our MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) scores, and I would like to briefly address those here. As we look at our scores district wide, we continue to score higher than the state average in all assessed areas- reading, math and science. In fact, when we compare our proficiency scores to the schools in our area of southwest Minnesota, we rank in the top three. Our district also met its goal last year to reduce the achievement gap in reading. The achievement gap is an educational gap in proficiency that is generally found between different populations of students as characterized, for example, by ethnicity or socioeconomic status. Our teachers worked hard to look at ways of incorporating high quality instructional strategies that would have an impact on reducing the achievement gap, and they were successful. Murray County Central continues to maintain a high standard of academic excellence as measured by our state MCAs. District proficiency scores are close to the 70% mark in reading and math, and these are good numbers.
These trends also hold true when looking at our individual buildings. Both the elementary and high school continue to score above the state average in the areas of reading, math and science. In looking at our building history from last year compared to this year, our elementary is down a bit in both math and reading, but they continue to score consistently in the low to mid 70’s for percentage of students demonstrating proficiency. Our high school is up slightly from last year in reading and math with scores in the low to mid 60’s for percentage of students demonstrating proficiency.
While the numbers for this year are positive overall, there is always room for improvement. As a district we want to model continuous improvement by setting goals to help us grow incrementally and maintain our standard of excellence. This year when our district Q-comp committee met and reviewed the data, we decided to focus on our reading scores at both the elementary and high schools. We are discussing strategies for improving these scores and feel that this is an area where we can get better. We will be meeting in our Professional Learning Communities next week to continue refining our practice and help students grow in this area.
As we move forward this year, I want you to know that I look forward to working with our community to help make our schools the best place they can be. It truly takes all of us working together to help develop the potential in every student.
Thank you for your support.
Murray County Central