By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE Lester Prairie Principal Nat Boyer presented a summary of results of MCA testing during the Sept. 18 board meeting.
He noted that there are four things educators want students to do. These include:
• pass important tests (be proficient);
• grow in their knowledge (growth);
• have an equal opportunity to learn (close the achievement gap); and
• graduate from high school (graduation).
In 2017, 128 of 235 students in the district were proficient in reading. This represents 54 percent, compared to 53 percent in 2016.
Twenty students (9 percent) exceed standards; 108 (46 percent) meet standards; 62 (26 percent) partially meet the standards; and 45 (19 percent) do not meet the standards.
From 2013 to 2017, the district’s percentage of proficiency in reading has ranged from 52.4 percent in 2013, to a high of 55.7 percent in 2015.
Eighty-three of 172 students tested met the expected growth (one grade level per year) in reading proficiency.
In 2017, 149 out of 242 district students (62 percent) were proficient in math, compared to 61 percent in 2016.
Forty-six students (19 percent) exceed standards; 103 (43 percent) meet standards; 69 (29 percent) partially meet standards; and 24 (10 percent) do not meet standards.
The percent of district students who are proficient in math has ranged from 53.8 percent in 2013 to 61.7 percent in 2017.
Seventy-four of 173 students tested (43 percent) met the expected growth in math.