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District 196 is exceeding state averages in test scores

District 196 is exceeding state averages in test scores, according to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), who today released results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, Series III (MCA-III) and Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) data pertaining to the state’s North Star Excellence and Equity System.

The MCA tests are given annually in reading (grades 3-8 and 10), math (grades 3-8 and 11) and science (grades 5, 8 and high school, after completion of the life science curriculum). The MTAS is given to special education students who qualify. More than 15,000 District 196 students took the MCAs or MTAS last spring. Results for individual students will be mailed to parents this fall. These tests measure student performance on the Minnesota Academic Standards, which define what students should know and be able to do in a particular grade. Students earn a score in one of four achievement levels: 1) does not meet the standards; 2) partially meets the standards; 3) meets the standards, and 4) exceeds the standards. Students who meet or exceed the standards are considered to be proficient in the subject area.


2019 MCA-III/MTAS Results in Math:
Percentage of Students Proficient
Scores are for Students who were Enrolled for at Least Half the School Year

Grade 3 4 5 6 7 8 11
District 196 71.6 70.6 62.6 59.3 59.2 65.4 62.2
State 66 64.3 52.4 50.9 52.5 55.7 45.4


2019 MCA-III/MTAS Results in Reading:
Percentage of Students Proficient
Scores are for Students who were Enrolled for at Least Half the School Year

Grade 3 4 5 6 7 8 10
District 196 61.3 60.1 73.2 66.6 62.0 63.7 73.3
State 55.0 55.9 66.2 63.2 57.9 58.2 61.1


2019 MCA-III/MTAS Results in Science:
Percentage of Students Proficient
Scores are for Any Student who was Tested

Grade 5 8 High School
District 196 65.9 55.5 73.9
Statewide 54.9 43.0 54.4


District results for 2019 are available via the Minnesota Report Card tool located within the data center tab.

North Star and Every Student Succeeds Act

While the MCAs were the primary measurement of student achievement in the classroom, the new requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) restructure how states assess not only student achievement but also other school quality indicators.

ESSA requires states to implement a plan for holding schools and districts accountable for providing an equitable and high-quality education to all students. In response to ESSA, Minnesota developed the North Star system, with an emphasis on closing achievement gaps, increasing equity, improving the quality of instruction and increasing positive outcomes for all students.

As part of North Star, five accountability indicators for schools have been identified. The indicators are:

  • Indicator 1: Academic achievement (all schools)
  • Indicator 2: Academic progress (elementary and middle schools)
  • Indicator 3: Graduation rates (high schools)
  • Indicator 4: Progress toward English language proficiency (all schools)
  • Indicator 5: School quality/student success (all schools)

“We are proud of the academic achievement of our students in District 196,” said Superintendent Mary M. Kreger. “We continue to work hard to ensure each and every student is successful. The MCAs are an important measure of achievement. Together with critical thinking, social-emotional skills and inquiry, we continue to build a foundation of educational excellence for our students."