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.
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.
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.