Minnesota’s education community had its feathers ruffled last week when large media outlets featured headlines with news of significant dips in MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) reading test scores in certain school districts.
However, the not-as-exciting fine print of this story is that last spring was the first time students received the more in-depth MCA-III test after taking the MCA-IIs the previous five years.
Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius noted in an interview that state math scores are higher, on average, than two years ago when the state rolled out a new, more difficult math MCA exam.
“Last year when the students took the reading test it was based on the new Minnesota English-Language Arts standards,” said Linda Borgerding, Monticello’s director of curriculum and instruction.
“Those standards are looking for more in-depth reading,” she added.
“Usually, anytime we take a new, updated version scores drop statewide that first year. Our scores did drop, but not as much as the state.”
Monticello students outperformed the state averages at all levels, continuing a longstanding trend.
See this week’s print edition of the Monticello Times for the complete story.