By Jennifer Kotila
DELANO, MN Once again, students in the Delano School Public District have proven themselves to be above the state average for academic performance.
The students at Delano exceeded the average state proficiency for reading and math for the 2012 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments.
The statewide average for reading proficiency is 76 percent, and is 62.1 percent for math proficiency.
The district’s proficiency scores increased by 1.6 percent in reading, and 6.9 percent in math, for an overall proficiency of 88.7 percent in reading, and 81.2 percent in math.
New, more rigorous state standards were instituted in 2011, which brought down many school districts’ math proficiency scores. This may account for the significant dip in math scores in 2011, and the increase in 2012.
“We are pleased with the MCA preliminary AYP and MCA scores,” said Delano Superintendent Matt Schoen. “But there is room to grow, and we will continue to improve.”
Students across the state are tested for math proficiency in grades three through eight, and in grade 11. They are tested for reading proficiency in grades three through eight, and grade 10.
Students within the Delano School District exceeded the state average proficiency for math and reading in all grades.
“We have established a tradition of high test scores, and we will continue to work on bettering those,” Schoen said.