Students in Farmington and Rosemount scored better than their peers statewide in almost all instances on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests given during the 2012-13 school year.
The tests, required by state and federal law, are given every year as one tool to assess whether students are making adequate progress toward meeting state standards in math, reading and science.
For the most part, students in the Farmington and Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school districts are meeting or exceeding those standards at a rate greater than students statewide. The only exception is in eighth grade, where Farmington students lag behind the state average on both the reading and science tests.
Eighth graders at both of Farmington's middle schools trailed the state average on the MCA science test, with 42.3 percent of Boeckman Middle School students meeting or exceeding expectations and 36.5 of Dodge Middle School students scoring well enough to meet standards. Statewide, 44 percent of eighth graders met or exceeded state standards on the test.
DMS eighth graders fared a bit better on the reading test, with 54.3 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards. That is just a fraction above the state average of 54 percent.
At BMS, however, just 50.3 percent of students met standards.
Results at Rosemount Middle School were better, with 69.8 percent of eighth graders meeting or exceeding standards on the reading test and 57.9 percent scoring that high on the science test.