10/4/2013 12:15:00 PM MMR scores for NBAPS are mixed bag
The 2012-13 Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) have been released by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), and there is much good news for North Branch Schools. The Sunrise River School, which was designated a "Celebration School" based on its 2011-12 MMR results, made the leap to "Reward School" in 2012-13. Reward schools are those that achieved scores in the top 15 percent of schools that receive Title I funds.
More good news for Sunrise; student proficiency was in the 99th percentile and achievement gap reduction in the 85th percentile. Though ineligible for celebration or reward status because they do not receive Title I funds, both North Branch Area Middle School (NBAMS) and North Branch Area High School (NBAHS) showed strong results for 2012-13 as well. While overall proficiency scores did fall at the middle school, there was also much improvement. Its "focused rating" score for at-risk subgroups of students increased from 67 percent to 77 percent. This places the school in the 99th percentile for focus proficiency. As well, strong growth scores were noted in reading. The high school achieved rankings in the 99th percentile for both proficiency and graduation rate.
These rankings are a significant improvement over the previous year. The high school also performed very well in the areas of growth and achievement gap reduction. "The MMR data for 2012-2013 is a big reason to celebrate at North Branch Area Public Schools," said Supt. Deb Henton. To spread the word, staff meetings were held across the school district the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 1. "Everyone at North Branch Area Public Schools works for the children and families of the community. As such, everyone here plays a role in exciting results like these," said Henton. "Sharing it and having the opportunity to thank each and every staff member was a great way to start the week."