In South Washington County Schools, students “continue to demonstrate a high level of proficiency, meeting or exceeding grade level expectations in reading, mathematics, and science, and performing above statewide proficiency rates,” according to a release from the district.
This year marked the first that state tests in reading were aligned with common core state standards, making them more rigorous. Because the tests are new, “the district cannot consider any changes in proficiency to represent a change in student performance over time,” according to the release.
“Minnesota’s focus on increasing rigor to ensure students are college and career ready complements our work related to the strategic plan,” Superintendent Keith Jacobus said in a statement. “While the reading results mirror what took place across the state, overall, our trend data shows consistent improvement in math and science. We are especially pleased with the significant gains in elementary science. We remain confident that the new Reading test will better prepare students and will show improvements into the future.
“Although we are excited about our strong performance, we recognize the continued gap in achievement between certain groups,” Jacobus said. “This year we have a priority to accelerate the learning for our lowest achieving students while ensuring continued growth for all students.”