Tuesday, May 22, 2012
A look at how Hopkins schools fared under the new Multiple Measurements Rating system.
All numbers are percentages. The Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) and Focus Rating numbers reflect the percentage of points each school earned out of the total possible. Average scores are about 50 points. In all other categories, the number reflects a school’s percentile rank compared to other schools in the same grade range, with 100 percent the best possible rank. *** Click here for an in-depth look at how scores are calculated under the new system. Click here to read local reactions to the results.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Schools will be graded in new ways because of Minnesota's exemption from the No Child Left Behind law.
Minnesota’s new school-accountability system has Hopkins officials wondering how they’ll explain an often confusing—and still incompletely understood—system to parents and others in the community. Diane Schimelpfenig, director of teaching, learning and assessment, explained on Thursday the highlights of how schools will be measured now that Minnesota is exempt from the No Child Left Behind law. Minnesota requested a waiver from No Child Left Behind last year, laying out a plan in its place to reduce the achievement gap over the next six years. President Barack Obama announced Feb. 9 that Minnesota would be one of 10 states to receive a waiver from the federal education law. Officials like Schimelpfenig have received briefings on how the …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Schools will be measured in four ways under the new plan.
President Barack Obama announced Thursday that Minnesota would be one of 10 states to receive a reprieve from the federal education law No Child Left Behind. But with no firm details yet from the Minnesota Department of Education, Hopkins administrators said they can’t comment on exactly what the waiver will mean for local schools. “My initial impression is that overall I’m very optimistic,” said Diane Schimelpfenig, the school district’s director of teaching, learning and assessment. Minnesota requested a waiver from NCLB last year, laying out a plan in its place to reduce the achievement gap over the next six years. Schools will still be measured under the plan, led by Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. But…