NEW ULM - District 88 students tested well on the 2012 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test in science, show results released Friday. Local students outscored most area schools.
Grade levels taking the test included grade five, eight and high school.
Grade five students scored 2.5 percent below the state average, but grade eight students scored 14.5 percent above the state average, and high school students scored 14.8 percent above the state average.
Some 55.1 percent of fifth-graders, 56.5 percent of eighth-graders and 66.6 percent of high school students in New Ulm were deemed proficient on the test, compared to 57.6 percent of fifth-graders, 42 percent of eighth-graders and 51.8 percent of high school students statewide.
"We are very pleased with the performance of the students," said Superintendent Harold Remme. "The new version of the MCA science test is more difficult than the previous test but District 88 students scored extremely well. This is a positive reflection on the hard work classroom teachers and students devote to the understanding of science concepts.
"The new test version is based on state science standards," Remme further explained. "District 88 professional learning community (PLC) work during staff in-service days in the school calendar has made a difference in curriculum selection and instructional delivery."
"As with any statewide test, the results are a sample in time of student proficiency," Remme warned. "Future PLC time this year will allow staff to examine more closely the specific areas of strength and weakness. Results of the PLC analysis will be used to modify curriculum and instructional methods in the future."