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									2005 Minnesota Basic Skills Tests • • • • • All 8th Graders - Math & Reading All 10th Graders - Writing Pass / Fail Graduation Requirement Retakes
Taber Akin - LakevIlle Area Public Schools

All eighth grade students are required to take the Minnesota Basic Skills Test (BST) in reading and math. Minnesota State Law requires students to pass the test in order to graduate from High School. The Minnesota Basic Skills Test of Written Composition is administered to all tenth graders and they are also required to pass this test in order to graduate. The Minnesota Basic Skills Test of Written Composition also serves as the Minnesota Comprehensive Writing Assessment (MCA). While the BST is designed as a test of the basic skills that all students should have the MCA is designed to measure student performance and the performance of schools and provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their abilities in more detail. Students who fail the BST are given opportunities to retakes the test on a regular basis. There are two retakes during each year and three opportunities to retake and pass the test during their senior year.

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2005 Minnesota Basic Skills Reading Test

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70 State District Century Kenwood McGuire

Taber Akin - LakevIlle Area Public Schools

The average number of eighth graders in the State of Minnesota passing the the reading BST in 2005 was 85%. In Lakeville the district had an average of 93% of eighth graders passing the reading BST. 90% of the eighth graders at Kenwood Trail Junior High School passed the reading BST; this is 15 percentage points above the state average. Both McGuire and Century Junior High Schools had an average of 95% eighth graders passing the reading BST in 2005.

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2005 Minnesota Basic Skills Math Test

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70 State District Century Kenwood McGuire

Taber Akin - LakevIlle Area Public Schools

The average number of eighth graders in the State of Minnesota passing the the math BST in 2005 was 74%. In Lakeville the District had an average of 88% of eighth graders passing the reading BST. 86% of the eighth graders at Kenwood Trail Junior High School passed the reading BST; this is 12 percentage points above the state average. The eighth graders at Century Junior high School had an average passing rate of 89% and it was an average passing rate of 91% at McGuire Junior High School for 2005.

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2005 Written Composition Basic Skills Test & Minnesota Commprehensive Assessment

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70 State District LHS

Taber Akin - LakevIlle Area Public Schools

Tenth grade students take the Minnesota Basic Skills Test of Written Composition. This single test serves two purposes; in addition to being a Basic Skills Test it is also the tenth grade Minnesota Comprehensive Writing Assessment. It is for this reason that you will see the results reported in two different formats. Students either pass or fail the test; students must achieve a score level of three to pass. In 2005 the average number of tenth grade students in the State of Minnesota passing the Basic Skills Test of Written Composition was 91% and this number rises to 95% for tenth grade students in the Lakeville Area Public Schools.

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Lakeville Junior High 2000-2005 Reading Basic Skills Test
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70 2000 2001 2002 Years State Century Kenwood McGuire 2003 2004 2005

Taber Akin - LakevIlle Area Public Schools

These charts are intended to look at the data since 2000. On average eighth graders in the state of Minnesota have made steady increases rising from 80% passing in 2000 to 85% passing in 2005. The eighth graders at Century Junior high School have made steady increases since 2003 with a small drop from 96% in 2004 to 95% in 2005 In 2000 there was an average of 87% of eighth graders passing the reading BST at Kenwood Junior High School and in 2005 this has climbed to 90% of eighth graders passing the test. The average percent of students passing at McGuire Junior High rose from 91% in 2004 to 95% in 2005. Principal Craig Menozzi at McGuire credits several things for this increase. He includes: hiring a reading specialist who has an intense 1 week program with small groups of students, including reading in ALL content areas, tutoring for struggling students and regular meeting with students during advisory times.

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Lakeville Junior High 2000-2005 Math Basic Skills Test 100

95 91 89 87 82 82 81 74 72 70 2000 2001 2002 Years State Century Kenwood McGuire 2003 2004 2005 72 72 74 71 83 86

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Taber Akin - LakevIlle Area Public Schools

This chart looks at the math BST and shows data over time. The average from the students in the entire state of Minnesota has stayed relatively consistent and does have any dramatic increases or declines. •The average numbers of eighth graders passing at Century Junior High School has made a strong climb since 2003 when 82% passed to 2005 when 89% passed. •At Kenwood Junior High School an average of 81% eighth graders passed the math BST in 2003 and this number has risen to 86% in 2005. •83% of eighth graders passed the math BST at McGuire Junior high School in 2004 and this number has risen to 91% in 2005. This dramatic increase prompted Principal Craig Menozzi to credit several areas. These areas include: a strong math vocabulary program, teaching math in all content areas, meeting with students during advisory times and providing tutoring for students who need it.

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Written Composition Basic Skills Test(BST) & Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment(MCA)
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Taber Akin - LakevIlle Area Public Schools

The state average for tenth graders on the BST of Written Composition is consistent with an average of 91% for the last 4 years. Students in the Lakeville Areas School have performed above the state average; the average percent passing in 2003 was 97% with a small drop to 95% in 2005.

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STATE LHS

2005 Written Composition Basic Skills Test and Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments Score 1.0 or Score 2.0 Score 3.0 or Score 4.0 or Score 5.0 or Score 6.0 1.5 3.5 (Passing) 4.5 5.5 Pct Nbr Pct Nbr Pct Nbr Pct Nbr Pct Nbr Pct Nbr 1 492 8 5178 73 47838 15 9652 3 2273 0 117 0 0 5 41 58 479 26 210 10 81 1 9

STATE LHS

2004 Written Composition Basic Skills Test and Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments Score 1.0 or Score 2.0 Score 3.0 or Score 4.0 or Score 5.0 or Score 6.0 1.5 3.5 (Passing) 4.5 5.5 Pct Nbr Pct Nbr Pct Nbr Pct Nbr Pct Nbr Pct Nbr 1 514 8 4921 74 48362 15 9949 2 1353 0 151 0 2 3 25 79 599 16 124 1 10 0 1
* =N Less than 10

Taber Akin - LakevIlle Area Public Schools

The performance level of tenth graders from the MCA is reported and the goal within the Lakeville Area Public Schools is to move more students into the higher levels. The scores show that the number of students performing at the higher levels of four, five and six has increased from 2004. Of particular interest are levels five and six, which demonstrate performance above grade level expectations. In 2004 there were ten students from Lakeville in level five and one in level six. In 2005 this number rose to 90 students at level five and level six. Achieving a level six on the Minnesota Comprehensive Written Composition Assessment is difficult. This is demonstrated by the fact that across the state only 117 students wrote at this level; nine of those students or approximately eight percent are from the Lakeville Area Public Schools.

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Using Data • Secondary Building Folders
–Passing Rates –Strand Scores –ESEA Subgroup Information

• Building Meetings
–“Drill” into data
Taber Akin - LakevIlle Area Public Schools

Secondary Principals have several pieces of information from the BSTs and opportunities to work with the Assessment and Accountability office to examine what can be done to increase student learning.

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Statewide Assessments - MCAs Current Plan

Reading
Spring of

Math
3, 5, 7 & 11
Pilots: 4, 6 & 8

Writing
5 & 10

Science

3, 5, 7 & 10
Pilots: 4, 6 & 8

2005
Spring of

2006
Spring of

3 - 8, & 10

3 - 8 & 11

5 & 10

2007
Spring of

3 - 8 & 10

3 - 8 & 11

5 & 10 5, 8 and High School

2008

3 - 8 & 10

3 - 8 & 11

5 & 10

Taber Akin - LakevIlle Area Public Schools

The chart provides a look at all of the assessments that are being administered to students through the Minnesota Department of Education.

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Statewide Assessments - MCAs Future Plan
Currently Before Legislature • Eliminate BST (gone by 2009)
– Combine with MCA (2006)

• Use MCAs to Provide Growth Scores (2007) • Add TEAEM (Pilot - 2007) • Move All Assessments to CBT (done by 2009)

Taber Akin - LakevIlle Area Public Schools

The Minnesota Department of Education is proposing changes to the statewide assessment plan. These changes are before the legislature (4/05) and if approved will change the assessment system as illustrated in the future plan.

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Conclusion
• Use Data to Improve Student Achievement • Questions? • Contact Information:
takin@isd194.k12.mn.us 952-232-2024
Taber Akin - LakevIlle Area Public Schools

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