Saturday, September 12, 2015

St Cloud Test Score Data

These tables compare St.  Cloud School Ditrict's students who are non-special education, non-free and reduced lunch, students.  I compiled this data, because the Minnesota Department of Education does not directly report this data.   You can find the scores of all sorts of groups disaggregated, but if you want these scores, you have to engage in a lengthy process of calculation, which I performed using xcel spreadsheets.

Why have I compiled this information.  First, because when the media, pundits, and citizens look at the annual data dump from the MDE, they compare the MCA-Proficiency rates, not realizing that different school districts have very different percentages of students in subgroups that have lower test proficiency rates.  That creates the false impression that one school district is doing more poorly than another, even if that is not true.   Sometimes advantaged students migrate out of  districts with higher percentages of disadvantaged students because they wrongly believe that the lower district rates are a sign that advantaged students can't thrive there.   So the tables below show that, despite what has been reported in the media, students without disadvantages that are statistically associated with reduced test scores are performing at the same rate as the state at large.


MCA-Comparisons for students not on free and reduced Lunch and not Special Education











White-Non Free Red L Non Special Ed

Black Non-Free Red L Non Special Ed


Science
MCA-III

Science
MCA-III



742
State

742
State



%Prof
%Prof

%Prof
%Prof


2012
61.5%
65.9%
2012
35.3%
40.2%


2013
64.0%
67.9%
2013
20.0%
45.6%


2014
68.5%
69.4%
2014
34.5%
44.6%


2015
69.8%
70.0%
2015
70.6%
48.2%


White
Math MCA-III

Math MCA-III
Black


742
State

742
State


2011
76.0%
73.5%
2011
52.3%
51.3%


2012
83.7%
81.0%
2012
68.2%
57.8%


2013
79.7%
78.6%
2013
30.0%
57.2%


2014
76.7%
77.3%
2014
45.5%
52.6%


2015
77.1%
77.5%
2015
61.5%
55.8%


White
Reading
MCA-III

Reading
MCA-III
Black


742
State

742
State


2013
70.41%
74.0%
2013
45.5%
52.3%


2014
72.83%
75.4%
2014
50.8%
52.6%


2015
74.63%
76.7%
2015
56.1%
55.2%


Proficiency Rates on MCA-III for Free and Reduced Lunch Non-ELL Black Students


Percent Proficient MCA-III Reading


Black, Non-ELL Free Reduced Lunch

Year
OSSEO
MSP
St Paul
742
Talahi
2013
31.1%
18.8%
23.5%
23.0%
15.7%
2014
31.8%
21.7%
23.0%
28.2%
28.4%
2015
33.8%
21.8%
22.7%
31.7%
42.4%

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