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The State of Our Students

District 833 passes state averages for student achievement and attendance
Posted on 08/29/2019
State of Our Students South Washington County Schools continues to surpass state averages in five areas measured by the Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) North Star Accountability System. Among the areas measured were math and reading proficiency, progress toward English proficiency for English learners, math and reading progress, graduation rates and consistent attendance. As a part of the strategic plan for District 833, this data is critical in identifying and disrupting predictable achievement gaps for our students.

Math and reading proficiency rates are determined by statewide assessments taken in the spring of 2019 by students in grades 3-8 and 10 in math and in grades 3-8 and 11 in reading. In these tests, District 833 students achieved a proficiency rate of 64.75% in math, which is above the state average proficiency rate of 58.85%. District 833 students achieved a proficiency rate of 68.02% in reading, which exceeded the state average proficiency rate of 58.29%.

Progress toward English proficiency for English learners is measured by a test given annually to determine student growth in four domains of language development: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each student is given an individual growth target. The state then reports the average progress of English learners toward their individual target and the percentage of English learners who met or exceeded their individual targets. In District 833, 64.52% of English learners made progress toward their individual targets, which exceeded the state average of 61.38%. Additionally, 49.66% of English learners at District 833 met or exceeded their individual targets, above the state average of 40.13%.

Math and reading progress for students is determined by the percentage of students who increased their reading or mathematics achievement level or maintained their level at partially meets standards or higher from the previous year on state accountability tests. District 833 students had 70.44% of students who met this standard in mathematics, which was higher than the state average of 62.75% in math. In reading, 73.82% of students met the standard for progress in District 833 compared to the 66.94% of students who met the standard across the state.

The four-year graduation rate for District 833’s Class of 2018 was 92.07%, above the state average of 83.20%. This data was released in February 2019. The four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2019 will be available in 2020.

Consistent attendance is the percentage of students who attended 90% of their enrolled instructional days. Students who attend regularly are more likely to graduate on time. For the 2017-18 school year, District 833 had a consistent attendance rate of 89.54%, which exceeded the state average consistent attendance rate of 85.35%.

These results are a part of the MDE The State of Our Students report, which was published on August 29. The report is part of an ongoing effort to place accountability data into larger and continuing conversations around our students. District 833 will continue to use these indicators to help create school improvement plans and evaluate progress toward goals.

Parents and community members can find school level and district level information on the Minnesota Report Card through MDE. Parents and community members can also contact members of the Continuous Improvement and Assessment Department or your child’s principal for more information.