On both state and national standardized testing measures, Edina students perform well above their peers. As students progress through Edina Public Schools and build cumulative skills, they widen the gap relative to their peers. By 11th grade, Edina students perform up to 20% above MN proficiency rates.
Edina Public Schools has started to see results that indicate a narrowing of the achievement gap. Several student groups as defined by federal No Child Left Behind legislation, including Black, Free-Reduced Price Meal, and Limited English Proficient, have shown double-digit gains in reading proficiency over the last four years. At the same time, overall student performance in reading has remained at or near the top of the state. Some student groups showed smaller gains in math as well. Since this is the first year of the MCA-III math exam, 2011 is considered a baseline year and should not be directly compared to previous year’s math proficiency rates.
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)
Required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, these tests are administered in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 (MCA-II) and in grade 10 (reading) and grade 11 (mathematics, MCA-III).
A science assessment is administered in grades 5 and 8 and when students complete high school biology. Results are used primarily for public accountability.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
Edina Public Schools chooses to administer MAP tests to students in grades 2-7 to help parents and educators track individual student growth, determine student placement, and improve curriculum and instruction. Results also help gauge Edina student
Cognitive Abilities Tests (CogAT)
CogAT measure individual student developmental cognitive abilities. Results can identify student learning styles, strengths and areas for improvement. These tests are administered in grades 2 and 4.
GRAD Writing Assessment
Minnesota schools perform this assessment in grade 9. Students must pass this test to receive a diploma from a Minnesota public high school.