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How Well Did My School Do On New State Rankings?

Five classed in second-lowest bracket, one listed among top in state, others in middle.

Elementary Schools

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.

Lyndale Community School

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.

K-8 Schools

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.

Middle Schools

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.

High Schools

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.

Lisa Hawkins Hengel May 30, 2012 at 06:50 PM
This is very interesting information. It would be great to have a link to the source of the data. Thanks for the article!
AmberG May 30, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Our beautiful children, our future leaders are falling behind and they don't even know it. Minneapolis schools need help. They need money. Maybe we should send them on a field trip to the new Vikings stadium so they can see where our values and their funding went.
James Sanna (Editor) May 30, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Here you go! http://education.state.mn.us/MDEAnalytics/Reports.jsp Just click on "What are our Multiple Measurement Ratings?" and select the district and school you're interested in.

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