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Delano MCA scores beat state averages
Nov. 2, 2015

Gabe Licht

DELANO, MN – Based on MCA scores, Delano students ranked third in the state in math, with 81.8 percent proficiency, and sixth in the state in reading, with 75 percent proficiency.

“We did relatively well at math and very well at reading,” Curriculum Director Joe Vieau told the school board during an Oct. 26 meeting.

Students also reached a milestone in science.

“Science scores – for the first time – all three levels were higher than state levels,” Vieau said.

Delano’s science test results ranged from about 57 percent proficiency in eighth grade to about 69 percent proficiency in third grade, to about 79 percent proficiency in fifth grade, for an average of about 68 percent.

Vieau graphed 10 years of test results for each grade and subject, comparing those results to statewide averages over the same period of time.

“We’re widening the gap for proficiency rate for third grade math,” View said. “I compared each grade for math, reading, and science. There were 34 graphs. For 22 of them, we were trending up and widening the gap. In five of them, we were maintaining the gap. In seven of them, we were trending down.”

Vieau went over the district’s World’s Best Workforce plan, which included numerous goals.

Included in that plan was a goal to increase the third-grade reading proficiency rate from 81 percent in 2014 to 82 percent in 2015, but the 2015 proficiency rate came in at 79.6 percent.

Each school worked to reduce the achievement gap for special education students and students receiving free or reduced-price lunches. The elementary school achieved goals to reduce the achievement gap in both reading and math. The middle school achieved its goal of decreasing the achievement gap in math, but fell short of its reading goal. The high school achieved goals to decrease the achievement gap in math and reading.

“These scores are very volatile and very difficult to predict one year to the next,” Vieau said.

One of the high school’s goals was to increase the average ACT score from 24 in 2014 to 24.2 in 2015, but the results fell short of that number, at 23.9.

“Although (ACT scores) dropped slightly, Delano was still more than one point above the state average,” Vieau said.

He estimates the average score will fall again in 2016, because every junior was required to take the ACT in 2015.

Another goal for the high school was for 99 percent of seniors to receive a high school diploma, and that goal was met, with 186 of 187 seniors graduating in 2015.

Vieau also shared multiple measures ratings for each school.

Delano Elementary School’s MMR dropped from 75.76 percent in 2014 to 70.55 percent in 2015, shy of the 73.13 percent needed to be named a Reward School. Delano Middle School increased its MMR from 74.71 percent in 2014 to 78.09 percent in 2015, surpassing the 75.86 percent MMR needed to be Reward School eligible. While Delano High School’s MMR dropped from 92.34 percent to 83.37 percent, it still was higher than the 78.63 percent MMR needed to be named a Reward School.

Moving forward, Vieau said World’s Best Workforce goals would be improved and implemented into building school improvement plans for the 2016-17 school year.

Odds and ends
In other business, the board:

• approved several personnel items, including the resignation of Bonnie Inforzato, human resources and payroll coordinator.

• approved the acceptance of the following gifts: $4,500 from the Loretto Lions Club for the varsity softball Florida trip, $1,200 from the Delano Tiger Athletic Booster Club for a girls assistant soccer coach, about $757 from the Wells Fargo Matching Gifts Program with no conditions, $500 from Eckroth Music for Delano Middle School Band, and several donations for the High School Teacher Recognition Program.

• appointed four additional election judges for the Nov. 3 school bond referendum election.

• Scheduled a meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the district conference room to canvas votes.

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