Passing the test: District 881 beats state MCA averages


Maple Lake Elementary was named a reward school for placing in the top 15 percent of Minnesota schools receiving Title I funding a year ago. School staff is hoping to repeat that feat based on recent Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment results.
Every elementary grade exceeded the state averages on the math, reading and science assessments. While some high school scores came in below the state average, District 881 as a whole averaged higher than the state in all categories.
“I’m feeling really good and am very proud,” MLE Principal Kris Harlan said. “Our teachers start in September getting students ready. Teachers know what needs to be taught before testing time. They practice from day 1 in September.”
District-wide, 71.1 percent of students met or exceeded expectations on the math assessment, compared to 74.1 percent a year ago.
Of the seven grades that were tested, only seventh- and eighth-grade scores came in below the state average, at 52.6 percent and 58.3 percent proficiency, respectively, compared to 56 percent and 58.9 percent.
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