Caledonia high school ranks toward the top of the state in MCA III scores

By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

Positive things keep happening at Caledonia Area Public Schools.

As summer winds down and school nears its start date, Caledonia Area Public High School is ranked 16th out of 487 schools in the state by

The rankings follow the Monday release of the MCA III test results.

Caledonia students scored a 90.4 on the average standard scores.

Caledonia moved up from a 25th place ranking overall last year.

“I think it speaks to our parents and adults, teachers and coaches, and definitely to the students,” said superintendent Ben Barton when notified of the ranking. “They’re the ones who have worked so hard.”

“The amazing thing about Caledonia is the constant support and commitment of our students, teachers, families and the community as a whole,” said MS/HS principal Mary Morem. “All parties support what is best for students.”

The MCA III test students in the areas of reading, math and science.

Students grades 9-12 took the tests last April and the results just became available statewide.

According to the Minnesota Department of Education website the MCA III’s specifications are “the Assessment division provides test specifications for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) in mathematics, reading, and science as well as other state tests. Test specifications are specific rules and characteristics that guide the development of a test’s content and format. They indicate which strands, sub-strands, standards and benchmarks will be assessed on the test and in what proportions. Test specifications are excellent tools for gaining an in-depth understanding of the content and format of the tests.”

How we stack up with

area schools

Caledonia’s 16th ranking bested the next closest school in our area by over 40 positions.

Houston was ranked 57th, while Rushford-Peterson ranked 146th (out of 487). Mabel-Canton ranked 155th and La Crescent ranked 181st. Spring Grove ranked 183rd.

“It’s hard for these smaller districts because if you have 20 students one or two student scores one way or the other can significantly affect your rating,” noted Barton.

“It is neat to see us having these successes,” Barton added. “While we know we have so much more to do, it is nice to see our students being successful in these areas. Again, however, the credit goes to the administrative team, our teachers, adults who work with our students, like the coaches, parents and, of course, the students.”

“We are on the map in academics and I am happy to see we are number one in the southeast section of Minnesota and 16th out of the whole state is tremendous,” Morem added.  “I am so proud of all of our students and teacher’s hard work.”

Top 20 schools in Minnesota *

1-Math and Science Academy

2-Nova Classical Academy

3-Wayzata High School

4-Eastview Senior High

5-St. Croix Prep. Academy

6-Orono Senior High

7-Eagle Ridge Academy Charter School

8-Eagan Senior High

9-Mounds View Senior High

10-East Ridge High School

11-Lincoln Secondary

12-Red Rock Central

13-Mahtomedi Senior High

14-Minnetonka Senior High

15-Maple Grove

16-Caledonia Senior High

17-Avalon Senior High


19-Woodbury Senior High

20-Spectrum High School

*Rankings compiled by

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