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Published July 01, 2010, 08:26 PM

Minnesota Releases MCA Results

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test results are in today.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test results are in today. Students grades three through eight, sophomores and juniors in high school took these tests in April. The tests show how well students are learning based on a school's curriculum, and one area school district is improving.

"We're up to 62 percent," said East Grand Forks Schools Superintendent David Pace. Like the rest of Minnesota, his district improved their performance in math.

That is a good jump from last year's 56 percent. Pace said the step-up will help them meet adequate yearly progress, but there is still work to be done.

"Our gains in mathematics were positive. Our slip in reading was disappointing. Knowing it is an intense situation, we have to make sure all students meet those standards."

The MCA tests are part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Every state gives tests to see how their students are doing in reading, math and science. Pace said teachers design their curriculums around these test standards. It's part of the goal of making every school 100 percent efficient by 2013.

" This is just a measurement of schools and how well they are achieving these goals."

With the results just in, Pace said the school district can gauge where they go from here.

" We know from the test results there are areas we have to work on. And we've made improvements over the past years."