In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education invited states to apply for waivers to the federally-placed accountability requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Successful waivers have replaced the federal accountability requirements to raise achievement, and close achievement gaps in education throughout schools nationwide.
With the invitation, each state was given the opportunity to define accountability requirements for its schools to provide a better assessment of how its schools are performing. These assessments are proposed to offer a better evaluation of schools to help identify the structures and resources needed to aid education on a state-by-state basis.
The State of Minnesota submitted a successful waiver application that included a new rating system called Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR). MMR consists of four measurements: proficiency, student growth, achievement gap reduction, and graduation rate. These four measurements were identified to help provide a more accurate accountability system for our schools in the State’s goal to close disparity in academic performance among disadvantaged students.
On Oct. 1, the Minnesota Department of Education released the State’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) reports. Schools receiving Title 1 funds in Minn. were measured using the following designations:
• Reward School: Schools in the top 15 percent in MMR performance rating.
• Celebration Eligible School: Schools that rank in the 25 percent below Reward Schools on MMR.
• Continuous Improvement School: Schools rating in the lowest 25 percent on MMR that are not already receiving Priority or Focus designations.
• Priority School: Schools in the bottom 5 percent on MMR. (designated every three years)
Similar to last year, many of Independent School District 911 Schools (Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools) ranked in the middle of the new system.
This means that they did not receive any formal designation. However, two schools did achieve a positive designation. Cambridge Intermediate School
(CIS) received the designation of a Reward School, and the Minnesota Center (MNC) received the designation of a Celebration Eligible School. As a school district, we continue to work to understand this new system of accountability and how it can help us better serve the students of Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools.
For the second year in a row, Independent School District 911 met its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in all areas. Most schools in the state received similar results to the district.
A complete analysis of these results will be reviewed and used to help in targeting educational growth in our schools. A much more detailed report will be presented to the school board at the regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 24.
– Article provided by Cambridge-Isanti School District