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Education department releases MCAs, junior high earns below average scores

The Minnesota Department of Education released the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) results and though the Glencoe Silver Lake School District received above-average and average scores at the elementary and high school level, the district’s junior high received low scores comparatively. 
 
The MCAs are statewide tests that measure students’ progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards. 
 
Schools receive a proficiency percentage that shows what percentage of its students achieved a proficient testing score. These can be compared to the state averages.
 
The junior high students, both grades seven and eight, took reading and math tests. The eighth graders also took  a science test. 
 
At the seventh-grade level, the proficiency for reading was 42 percent, compared to a state average of 56 percent, while the math proficiency was 46 percent, compared to a state average of 55 percent. 
 
At the eighth-grade level, the proficiency for reading was 44 percent, compared to a state average of 56 percent, and the math proficiency was 57 percent, compared to state average of 58 percent. The lowest proficiency was seen with eighth grade science scores with a rate of 29 percent, compared to the state average of 45 percent. 
 
For more see the Aug. 26 print edition of The Chronicle.