SPPS Continues to See Small Gains on MCA Test Results in Reading; Math and Science Show Slight Decreases for 2018-19

  • Today, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released districtwide results for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) and ACCESS for ELLs for the 2018-19 school year.

    Results show that for the second year in a row, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) students made a slight increase in reading as compared to the previous school year. The results for math, science and the ACCESS for ELLs – a language proficiency test for English learners – show small declines.

    MCAs help us reflect on where we as a district need to improve; a student can not be represented by a single test score,” says Dr. Joe Gothard, SPPS Superintendent. “We must continue our efforts of aligning resources through our strategic plan, SPPS Achieves, to increase the acceleration in our scores and narrow the large racial and economic gaps that persist.”

    The MCA is a standardized test taken each spring by students across the state in grades 3-8 and 11 (for math); grades 3-8 and 10 (for reading); and grades 5, 8 and high school (for science). ACCESS is a standardized test taken each winter by students in grades K-12 who are learning English as a second language.

    A complete summary of SPPS MCA trends is available here.

    North Star, Minnesota’s school accountability system, includes indicators for determining student academic progress and achievement. In addition to analyzing MCA test score data, the system compares a student’s academic achievement from one year to the next and considers attendance. It also measures progress toward English language proficiency and evaluates each high school’s four-year and seven-year graduation rates.

    In addition to identifying schools for support, North Star also highlights schools for recognition. A summary of SPPS schools identified for recognition and support is available here.