Four Brainerd schools placed in tops spots in the Minnesota Department of Education’s accountability results.
The MDE released the 2013 Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) this week. Overall, the results show the state is beginning to bend the curve in closing its achievement disparities, said commissioner Brenda Cassellius in a statement.
Three elementary schools were named “reward schools”: Garfield, Harrison and Lowell.
Riverside Elementary received “celebration eligible” status.
The complex method of rating schools by the MDE aims to show which schools are contributing most to the achievement gap, with reward schools making progress toward reducing it.
This year, 131 schools received a reward status and 225 schools were labeled celebration eligible. These groups represent the highest performing of Minnesota’s 853 Title I schools, according to the MDE.
Here’s how the rating work:
The MMR is a 0 to 100 percent for all schools in the state and includes data on proficiency, growth, achievement gap reduction and graduation rates.
The focus rating (FR) is a 0 to 100 percent for all schools and includes data on proficiency and growth for only students of color, special education students, students in poverty and English learners
Here’s how the Brainerd schools did:
Garfield: 91.71 MMR; 87.77 FR
Harrison: 90.07 MMR; 91.56 FR
Lowell: 96.69 MMR; 95.65 FR
Riverside: 80 MMR; 80.25 FR
Brainerd Superintendent Steve Razidlo said the achievement speaks to the commitment staff has to students, as well as the persistence and use of tools they have available.
“I don’t know of any other (similar-sized) districts with three reward schools,” he said. “What we have here is very special and very strong.”
Razidlo said it’s the skills of the classroom staff and support staff that are the most direct reflection of student performances.
He added that the high school and middle school “showed relative strength in comparison. It’s the most solid program in the region.”
“We are doing the work that the community expects and hopes from us,” he said.