Corlett’s Cracker Barrel – Central’s test scores are something to celebrate

Spring brings three things every year that are a certainty; we will all recognize the April 15 deadline, testing season for public school students, and the fact that we are never certain that Spring is actually going to be coming to visit us.
The April 15 deadline just celebrated its 100th birthday this year, although I don’t know how much actual celebrating went on with this milestone.
Spring will be coming, although no one would like to see it more than the spring outdoor sports participants (and maybe a few of us chops with the clubs still in the basement).
I would like to elaborate on the third certainty a bit if you could indulge me.
The high stakes testing movement took shape in 2001 with the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, this reauthorization coming to be known, for better or worse, as No Child Left Behind.
That’s the thing with politicians and their moving laws through the system, they get spun in a manner that a catchy title will elicit support, the act gets passed and then the clean-up is left to the people who do the actual work with the kids.
Even so, we have played the testing game for about a dozen years now, and recently the State of Minnesota was granted a waiver, not from the testing process, but from how the results are reported. Instead of strictly a yes your district made the cut or no your district did not make the cut; a Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR) was instituted.
Central’s test scores have been very good for the last number of years, which speaks highly of the efforts of our students, teachers, staff and parents.
In last year’s MMR’s our district had scores that would compare favorably with any district in the state of Minnesota.
Our Elementary scored 77.63 percent, our Middle School scored 83.11 percent and our High School scored 89.91 percent.
When averaged across the district as a whole, these are the top scores among both the Minnesota River Conference Schools and all school districts located in Carver County.
Of this our district is extremely proud.
I would believe that these results will hold up again this spring after watching our staff in action throughout the year.
Central Schools could not make this happen without the supportive public and parents we are so fortunate to have. Again we thank you for all you do for our schools and students.
See you in the paper.

Brian Corlett is superintendent of Central Public Schools.