By Emily Bialkowski
Caledonia Superintendent Ben Barton introduced the district’s annual report on curriculum, instruction and student achievement during the Sept. 23 School Board meeting. The document outlines the district’s mission, goals, curriculum committee and policies and presents student achievement data – test results.
The lengthy document is required from all districts by the state, though the presentation format differs from district to district.
The document outlines Caledonia’s results on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, commonly know as the MCA.
These tests were given to grades three through eight, 10 and 11 in the spring of 2013. The percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards for reading and math has remained fairly consistent since MCA testing began, the report states. However, the score required for meeting standards has increased over the past several years.
Some results of note include:
• The state average for meeting proficiency in math is 62.4 percent in grades three through eight. Caledonia sits at the 53.8 percent mark.
• In grade 11, Caledonia is at the 56 percent proficient mark in math, while the state is at 52.4 percent.
• In reading, Caledonia sits at the 55 percent mark, while the state saw a 57.8 percent proficient mark. But, as visible in the adjacent chart, each grade level has its own set of results with some classes exceeding the state average and others not.
• Also of note is the fact that Caledonia’s ACT composite score is above the state average.
“That’s pretty impressive because Minnesota is the highest scoring state in the nation on the ACT,” Barton said.
The 21-page document contains roughly 20 charts comparing Caledonia to the state average and requires careful examination to get a clear picture of what is happening academically in the district. For that reason, Barton asked each board member to spend some time going over the report. He will further discuss the results at the October board meeting.
Barton said the report was also presented to the district’s teachers at the beginning of the school year in an effort to focus energy on areas needing improvement.
The public can view the report in its entirety on the district’s website at http://www.cps.k12.mn.us. Click on the “district” tab and then “Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement.”