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Educators analyze latest MCA results

August 28, 2013

MARSHALL — The 2013 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) scores were released by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) this week, providing public schools with a tool to help gauge student......

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Aug-28-13 10:11 AM

It's funny how nobody talks about 100% proficiency anymore. Did the state finally realize the fallacy behind that idea, although "the law" is in place yet?

Funny too how Marshall's high school math results were not touched upon. Those results are well below the state average, and have been for quite a few years.

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Aug-28-13 1:57 PM

It's called the "Willert-Spin-O-Meter"

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Aug-28-13 1:59 PM

What have I learned? That MCAs should be dropped like a hot potato...and that the start of school should be after Labor Day. It's too hot for students or teachers to concentrate effectively, and already the number of days missed is approaching last winter.

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Aug-29-13 10:55 AM

Yes sir, another day of that high quality time in the classroom. I believe a raise is in order for the administrative leadership we have in our public school system.

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Aug-29-13 12:52 PM

Marshall..not so impressive..but neither is the sup or the board!

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Aug-29-13 4:53 PM

We should start school on the 2nd of July. That'll fix everything.

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Aug-30-13 1:09 AM

And in Willert's automated telephone call he states that due to "unprecedented" hot weather school is being let out early each day this week. Actually, that is nowhere close to the truth. A brief look at past weather shows that temps in the 90s in late August are quite common.

He no doubt feels the need to defend the FLY by inserting misinformation. I hope he doesn't use similar methods on our children.

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Aug-30-13 10:30 AM

School will be a full, although unproductive, day on Friday because the heat advisory has dropped down to NW Iowa.

He's afraid of a lawsuit should a child wind up in the hospital when we are in an advisory.

The kids and staff at West Side aren't any more comfortable today than earlier this week. I also understand that the air conditioning at the other buildings are shut off at noon, whether school is in session or not.

It's a great day to be a tiger!

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Aug-31-13 10:29 AM

A student in RTR district ended up in the hospital overnight for heat exhaustion. Completely irresponsible of that superintendent! RTR Super also made the teachers stay in the deadly heat after the students were dismissed at 1:00, even though their contract allows them to leave when the students leave because of weather-related closures. Is he going to make the teachers stay for the full school day this winter when the kids are released early due to blizzard conditions???? You are putting lives at risk, Haug.

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Aug-31-13 1:18 PM

FYI the temps at West side were 90+ Teachers and students were miserable...but I bet Willert's office had AC. That's a Marshall thing...adm is treated better than teachers. Also turning the of air off at noon is a way that our business manager Lamprecht balances the budget. hmmmm....

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Aug-31-13 8:20 PM

Just the tip of the iceberg with RTR, and everyone knows it. When will their board pull their heads out? Oh, I forgot, it's about their towns, not about their kids.

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Sep-04-13 1:18 PM

As a result of this article, I decided to check on (most?) of the schools that are in FLY. Since some have gone from the first round, it's kind of a gray area for a total number.

Out of the 20 something (25?) school districts in FLY, and the three content areas being tested (math, reading, science), this amounts to around 75 areas of achievement being recorded at MDE. These are results from 09-13.

19 areas out of the 75 are showing either improvement, or are remaining steady. That's rather interesting when one considers that the other 56 areas are showing a decline! To be fair, none of these districts are showing a sharp increase or decline interms of achievement, but wasn't there supposed to be documented evidence showing that FLY was making a difference in order for it to be renewed?

Quite frankly, all it seems these districts are doing is FLYing by the seat of their pants, and our dollars.

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Sep-04-13 1:20 PM

Today's article is chock full of the latest "thinking" and million dollar vocabulary, but results show the true story. NONE of them know what they're doing.

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