Elementary test scores among top in state

Scores for Maple Lake Elementary’s fifth grade students in the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) tests were once again among the highest in the state.

Administered last spring, the results released in September show Maple Lake ranked 11th out of 842 schools tested in mathematics, 12th in writing and 21st in reading. Last year, Maple Lake’s combined performance on the three tests placed the school first in the state among Minnesota’s elementaries and Principal Dan Olberg said this year’s results would rank Maple Lake in the top ten.

Olberg said the third grade scores showed significant improvement this year, rising from just over state average last year to place 56th out of 864 schools in math and 156th in reading.

“It was nice to see the increase in the third grade scores,” Olberg said. “Our kindergarten, first, second and third grade staff made a strong effort to achieve an increase and this shows us we are heading in the right direction. We are so thankful for great parent support.

“Student achievement is our goal,” he said. “And part of that has been to raise our test scores because those scores align with the kinds of things our kids need to know.”  The MCA’s are designed to determine how well students are prepared for state basic skills tests administered in junior high and high school, which helps schools in making changes to curriculum and related programs.