10/4/2013 9:11:00 AM CF, Randolph above state average in most MCA scores
by Ken Haggerty
Cannon Falls was above the State average in 10 of the 14 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment math and reading tests given in the Spring of 2013
Randolph was above the State average in 9 of the 14 tests.
Cannon Falls and Randolph both scored well in the 3rd grade math test. Both were at 85 percent of students tested scoring at levels at or above the State proficiency standard. The State average was 72 percent. Of 11 area school districts, only Zumbrota-Mazeppa was higher.
Cannon Falls other high scores relative to the State average were math scores which were nine percent above the average in the 6th and 7th grades and eight percent above the average level in 8th grade.
Randolph's other high scores compared to the State average were in 3rd grade reading (14 percent above average and 2nd only to Zumbrota in area schools); 5th grade math (17 percent above average and highest among the 11 local schools); 5th grade reading (nine percent above average and best among the local schools); and 10th grade reading (17 percent above average best among local schools).
Randolph is a smaller school than most, so scores seem to spike and dip from the average more than bigger schools with more students and teachers per grade.
Randolph's 4th grade reading was seven percent below the State average and tied for last with Pine Island among local schools. Randolph's 7th grade reading test scores were 15 percent below the State's and lowest among area schools. Randolph's 8th grade math score of 44 percent of students above the proficiency level was 15 percent below the State average and second to last among the 11 area districts. Its 11th grade math scores were 13 percent below the State average and second to last among area schools.
Cannon Falls and Randolph were both at 56 percent above proficiency in 6th grade reading. Of the 11 area districts looked at, only Kenyon-Wanamingo (at 55 percent) was lower. State average was 59 percent.