New Prague schools get high marks in state ratings

The New Prague Area School District received high marks in the Minnesota Multiple Membership Rating (MMR) scores that were released Tuesday, Oct. 1.

            The rating scores evaluated results from the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests.

            New Prague Superintendent Tim Dittberner said all three elementary schools in the New Prague Area School District have earned recognition for high achievement on the 2013 MCAs. Eagle View Elementary will be named a Reward School for being in the top 15 percent of all Title I schools in the state. Eagle View’s MMR was an amazing 96.64 percent.

            Falcon Ridge Elementary and Raven Stream Elementary are designated as Celebration Schools for being above 65 percent of all Title I schools in the state.  Falcon Ridge’s MMR was 73.72 percent and Raven Stream’s was 70.68 percent.

            New Prague Middle School received a MMR of 96.37 percent. This was the second consecutive year the school was rated in the top 5 percent of all schools in Minnesota.

            New Prague High School’s MMR was 62.29 percent, which represents a significant increase from the previous year’s MMR of 39.92 percent. 

            Publicly releasing the school ratings is a part of the agreement for Minnesota to be granted a waiver from the federal government’s No Child Left Behind Act. 

            The MMR, or Multiple Measurement Rating is based on three evaluative domains

1-student proficiency in reading and math

2-student growth in reading and math

3-achievement gap reduction on the reading and math MCA’s for sub-groups in special education, free and reduced lunch, race, and English language learners.

            Other factors in the ratings include:

• The highest rating any elementary, middle school, or junior high can receive is 75 points. Each domain counts for 25 points.

• The highest rating for high schools is 100 points.  They are evaluated on a fourth domain – graduation rate – which counts for an additional 25 points.

• Scores are expressed as a percentage. 

            “I thank our entire staff for their positive impact on teaching and learning at New Prague Area Schools,” Dittberner said. “They are making a difference in kids’ lives.  Their hard work and dedication to student learning is greatly appreciated.”

            The local schools fared well when compared with neighboring districts. Eagle View had the second-highest MMR percentage, with only Lake Marion Elementary in Lakeville having a better score. Falcon Ridge was 17th and Raven Stream was 20th in the ratings among 35 area public elementary schools.

            Among 15 middle schools in the area, New Prague was tied as the top-scoring school with Hidden Oaks Middle School in the Prior Lake-Savage district.

            Among 11 area high schools, New Prague was fifth, behind Northfield, Lakeville North, Lakeville South and Prior Lake.

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