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Dist.88 Board to hear report on upcoming levy vote

September 13, 2012
By Kremena Spengler - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - During a study session today, the District 88 Board of Education will discuss an upcoming school levy referendum.

The discussion will include the Referendum Support Team.

The district is asking for a new 10-year school tax levy of $575 per pupil unit.

The vote is on Election Day, Nov. 6.

MMR

The board will also hear a multiple measurement rating (MMR) report from Susann Rosenow.

MMR is a new state system to track school progress. Last spring, it replaced the adequate yearly progress (AYP) system formerly required under No Child Left Behind.

The new system came as a result of Minnesota obtaining a federal waiver exempting it from some provisions of No Child Left Behind.

The MMR system is based on a larger set of factors than the previous system.

It takes into account four measures: student proficiency in reading and math, as shown on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs); student growth from year to year; reduction in the achievement gap between majority students and specific other student groups (low-income, minority, etc.); and graduation rate.

According to an MMR report made public Aug. 30, Washington Elementary had an MMR rating of 21.74 percent, and the High School had a rating of 68.87 percent.

In a more specific measure also included in the new system, called "focus" rating, Washington had a rating of 56.67 percent, and the High School a rating of 79.56 percent. The focus rating measures a school's outcomes specifically for low-achieving student groups.

Because the tests used in the new system start in third grade and track progress year to year, schools such as Jefferson Elementary, which track a single grade, are not included in the ratings.

Washington Principal

The board is also expected to approve an employment agreement with Washington Interim Principal Les Koppendrayer.

The agreement is for a year, to allow for recruitment of a permanent principal.

Former Washington Principal Bill Sprung left the school in the past summer, after accepting a job in Montevideo.

Koppendrayer just retired from a school in Mankato.

The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.

 
 

 

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