Minnesota schools now rated based on multiple measurements
No Child Left Behind has been waived
By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
On Tuesday, the Minnesota Department of education released the Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) for schools across the state for both 2010 and 2011. It replaces the No Child Left Behind from past years.
This system rates similar schools from the highest to the lowest and then assigns points based on the ranking. The higher ranking schools receive more points than the lower ones.
There are three MMR designations: reward, focus and priority. These are based on the MMR and the Focus Rating (FR) ratings. Those two ratings come from the proficiency, growth, achievement gap reduction, graduation and focused proficiency measurement domains.
The MMR uses proficiency, growth, achievement gap reduction and graduation domains. The FR uses achievement gap reduction and focused proficiency.
Each of those domain areas is worth 25 points. The MMR percentage rating is figured by dividing the total number of points earned by the total number of points possible.
For most elementary and middle schools, 75 points are possible and for most high schools, 100 points are possible. The numbers below are based on two years compilation.
The FR measures proficiency and growth of minorities and students receiving special services using the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) index model. School earn points based on the weighted (size of the subgroup) percentage of subgroups making AYP, combining the achievement gap reduction and the proficiency rating. Each is worth 25 points for a possible 50.
In the MMR proficiency measurement, the schools earn points based on weighted percentage of subgroups making AYP. The percentile rank among other schools in the same grade range is multiplied by 25 to give the number of points for proficiency.
The MMR growth rating measures the ability of the schools to have its students exceed their predicted growth. The predictions are based on the students’ last assessment results. The score is based on being above or below prediction and is the average of all the students’ scores.
A negative number shows less predicted growth, a 0 shows average growth and a positive number shows above average growth. The school’s percentile rank among other schools in the same grade is multiplied by 25 to give the MMR points for growth.
The achievement gap reduction numbers show the schools’ ability to get higher levels of growth from lower-performing subgroups, such as free and reduced meals and special education students, than the statewide average growth for higher performing subgroups.
The school’s growth scores for lower-performing groups are subtracted from the statewide averages for higher performing groups. A negative score will indicate success.
The school’s percentile rank among other schools in the same grade range is multiplied by 25 to give the MMR points for growth.
The graduation rate looks at the percentage of subgroups that made AYP in graduation rates. The current AYP graduation rate targets are 85 percent for 2012, and will change for next year. Groups may only get credit for meeting the target, not through year-to-year improvements.
The percentile rank among other schools in the same grade range is multiplied by 25 to give the MMR points for the graduation rate.
Focused proficiency is determined by multiplying the school’s focus percentile rank among other schools in the same grade range by 25.
Reward schools are the top 15 percent of all Title schools. Celebration Schools, not announced at this time, are in the next 10 percent.
Continuous Improvement Schools, also not announced at this time, are the bottom 25 percent of Title 1 schools in Minnesota. They will be required to write a school improvement plan.
Schools will be given priority status when out of the bottom 25 percent on the MMR for two years. Focus schools will be named when out of the bottom 25 percent on the FR for two years.
Lincoln Elementary School students received 42.68 MMR points out of 150 (28.46 percent) and 55.61 FR points out of 100 (55.61 percent).
Lindbergh Elementary School students received 86.44 MMR points out of 150 (57.62 percent) and 67.97 FR points out of 100 (67.97 percent).
Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary School received 81.76 MMR points out of 125 (65.41 percent) and 63.34 FR points out of 75 (84.45 percent).
Little Falls Community Middle School students received 29.03 MMR points out of 150 (19.35 percent) and 44.92 FR points out of 100 (44.92 percent).
Little Falls Community High School students received 103.15 MMR points out of 200 (51.57 percent) and 59.8 FR points out of 100 (59.8 percent).
Pioneer Elementary School received 95.41 MMR points out of 150 (63.61 percent) and 71.3 FR points out of 100 (71.3 percent).
Healy High School students received 132.26 MMR points out of 200 (66.13 percent) and 71.66 FR points out of 100 (71.66 percent).
Royalton Elementary students received 101.19 MMR points out of 150 (67.46 percent) and 75.22 FR points out of 100 (75.22 percent).
Royalton High School students received 96.91 MMR points out of 175 (55.38 percent) and 64.24 FR points out of 100 (64.24 percent).
Swanville Elementary students received 50.75 MMR points out of 150 (33.83 percent) and 45.43 FR points out of 100 (45.43 percent).
Swanville High School students received 73.21 MMR points out of 150 (48.81 percent) and 71.47 FR points out of 100 (71.47 percent).
Upsala Elementary School students received 100.73 MMR points out of 150 (67.15 percent) and 86.30 FR points out of 100 (86.30 percent).
Upsala High School students received 53.3 MMR points out of 150 (35.54 percent) and 60.79 FR points out of 100 (60.79 percent)
Holdingford Elementary School students received 80.15 MMR points out of 150 (53.44 percent) and 59.29 FR points out of 100 (59.29 percent).
Holdingford High School students received 101.03 MMR points out of 175 (57.74 percent) and 61.2 FR points out of 100 (61.2 percent).
Pillager Elementary School students received 58.44 MMR points out of 150 (38.96 percent) and 57.99 FR points out of 100 (57.99 percent).
Pillager High School students received 163.3 MMR points out of 200 (81.65 percent) and 74.17 FR points out of 100 (74.17 percent).
Motley Elementary School students received 23.06 MMR points out of 150 (15.37 percent) and 44.86 FR points out of 100 (44.86 percent).
Staples Elementary School students received 41.84 MMR points out of 150 (27.9 percent) and 48.12 FR points out of 100 (48.12 percent).
Staples Motley Middle School students received 28.03 MMR points out of 150 (18.68 percent) and 42.96 FR points out of 100 (42.96 percent).
Staples Motley High School students received 129.26 MMR points out of 200 (64.63 percent) and 79.49 FR points out of 100 (42.96 percent).
Title 1 schools in the top 15 percent are identified as Reward Schools.
The next 25 percent are identified as Celebration Schools. Focus Schools are those with extreme achievement gaps. Schools within the bottom 25 percent are determined to be needing improvement or a Priority School.
For this first report, there will be no schools needing improvement on the list.
The data from the current year’s testing will be used in the MMR released later this summer.
For an elementary school to be designated as a Reward School, it must have a 73.3 percent MMR; a middle school needs a 79.05 percent MMR; and a high school must achieve a 76.15 percent MMR. These numbers are for 2012 only.