Test scores are improving in Stillwater, despite the effects of COVID-19
Students in the Stillwater Area Public Schools showed improvement on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) this year despite the significant disruptions COVID-19 has had on teaching and learning. This is good news to educators and families who are concerned about the lingering effects of the pandemic on student achievement.
“These scores show the resiliency of our students and dedication of our staff,” said Dr. Caleb Drexler Booth, Director of Teaching and Learning. “After so many disruptions, and despite so many ongoing challenges, we all came back to school last year ready to learn.”
The percentage of Stillwater area students proficient on the exams increased from 2021 to 2022 in all areas - reading, math and science. Though numbers remain below pre-pandemic levels for students across the state, Stillwater students continued to perform significantly above the state average, as they have in previous years.
- In reading, 58.6% of Stillwater students were proficient compared to 51% at the state.
- In math, 56.2% of Stillwater students were proficient while the state average was 44.6%.
- In science, 50.7% of Stillwater students were proficient compared to 41% of students.
The MCA tests measure students’ progress toward state academic standards in science, mathematics and reading as required by federal guidelines. The tests were not administered in 2020 at the start of the pandemic, but were given again in the spring of 2021 and 2022. Learn more about the assessments and who takes them.
“While this data is encouraging, we recognize we have more work to do,” said Dr. Drexler Booth. “We’re dedicated to continuing to improve achievement and ensure all of our 8,100 kids are learning and growing academically, socially and emotionally.”
More information about student achievement results will be shared as part of the district’s World’s Best Workforce (WBWF) report, which measures third grade reading scores, eighth grade math scores, teacher equity data, achievement gap data and graduation rates. The WBWF report will be available later this fall on the district’s website.
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