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St. Cloud schools show varied results in state AYP reading, math testing

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Sep 30, 2011 at 11:37 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - St. Cloud area schools posted some mixed grades among the results of statewide progress testing released Friday, according to the Minnesota Department of Education.

While districts like Sartell-St. Stephen saw all four campuses meet guidelines laid out under the federal No Child Left Behind law, other districts such as St. Cloud's District 742 showed greater need for improvement.

Among St. Cloud's 13 locations with more than 100 K-12 students, only one -- Kennedy Community School -- showed Adequate Yearly Progress.

AYP TESTING: See the results for all Minnesota schools as compiled by the Minnesota Department of Education

AYP statistics are compiled for individual districts and schools as well as within 40 different subgroupings on each campus, breaking down each school's results by racial and ethnic groups, student economic status and learning capabilities. Schools are deemed to be making the AYP requirement if a certain percentage in each subgrouping meets or exceeds state test targets in reading and math. Campuses are also graded by participation and attendence figures as well as the number of students fulfilling graduation requirements.

Statewide, 47 percent of Minnesota schools failed to reach guidelines laid out under the federal No Child Left Behind guidelines. The law seeks to bring all students to math and reading grade level nationwide by 2014.

Sartell-St. Stephen was the only area district to make AYP, with Sartell High School, Sartell Middle School and Pine Meadow and Oak Ridge elementary schools all achieving state mandates.

All five Rocori schools -- Rocori High School, Rocori Middle School, Richmond, Rockville and Cold Spring elementary schools -- all passed, while the district as a whole did not meet the AYP standards.

In Sauk Rapids-Rice, the district as well as Mississippi Heights Elementary School did not make AYP, while Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, Sauk-Rapids-Rice Middle School and Rice and Pleasantview elementary schools all passed requirements.

As for St. Cloud, District 742 had just three of 18 locations pass, including Kennedy and the small St. Cloud group home and Recovery Plus facilities.

A new waiver program could mean this is the last year the list will be released.

The law has been widely criticized for labeling too many schools as failures based on the test scores of small subgroups of students.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education announced it would grant waivers to parts of the law in exchange for states adopting certain education reforms. Minnesota plans to apply in November.

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