Armatage scored high in all three core domains—absolute proficiency, student academic growth, and rate at which it was closing the achievement gap between its poor students of color and its affluent white students.
Burroughs scored similarly high, but like Armatage, the school does not have large numbers of poor students of color. In Minneapolis, these students tend to arrive at the first day of school farther behind than other students in the district.
While Lyndale has traditionally been known as a school that helps underprivileged, underperforming students make strong gains, it did not fare well in the measurement system. It only scored a 13.92 out of 25 on the "achievement gap" section, meaning those same students were not growing as fast as their peers statewide. At the same time, the school's overall proficiency and skill at closing the achievement gap increased from 2010 to 2011. Still, school district officials called Lyndale's surprise results "frustrating" and said it needed deeper investigation.
Kenny saw dramatic gains in its ability to close the achievement gap and its students’ rate of growth from 2010 to 2011, but still wound up with a relatively low final score. District officials praised the school's gains to Patch, and said he hoped it would continue in the next round of scores released this fall.
Windom won middling marks for its ability to close the achievement gap and help students to grow academically, winning close to half the 50 points possible in each category. However, the school scored low on overall proficiency, suggesting many students may not have started the last several school years at grade level.
Barton scored high on the growth and achievement gap closure measurements, but only took home 16 of the 50 possible points in the proficiency section.
Lake Harriet's scores somewhat mirrored Barton's. Its students earned 40 out of 50 points in the proficiency section and 37 out of 50 in the growth section. However, the school only scored 24.7 out of 50 points in the achievement gap section.
Ramsey scored low across the board.
Star of the show was Anthony Middle School. It earned 41 of 50 points in the achievement gap section, 45 of 50 in the student growth section, and 34 in the proficiency section. Its combined score put it in the top 15 percent of middle schools statewide.
Southwest earned middling-to-high marks across all four categories for high schools. It took home 38 out of 50 points in the raw proficiency section, 34 points in the achievement gap and growth sections, but nearly the full 50 points in the graduation rate section.
Washburn's scores showed improvement from 2010 to 2011, with the most significant gains coming in proficiency, growth, and closing the achievement gap. However, the school's poor score for the graduation rate section stayed low.