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3 Rosemount schools don't make AYP

Twenty-two District 196 schools, including three in Rosemount, have been identified for failing to make adequate yearly progress toward national No Child Left Behind goals. The district as a whole was also identified for failing to make AYP.

Eleven district schools made AYP.

The AYP designation is based in large part on the performance of students on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment reading and math tests given in the spring. Districts and individual schools are assessed based on overall performance and on the performance of sub-groups within the student population. Participation in the test, attendance and graduation rates also factor in.

Sub-groups include categories based on economic situation, native language, race and special education needs.

Rosemount, Red Pine and Diamond Path elementary schools failed to make AYP this year. RES and Red Pine fell short in the performance of special education students on the MCA reading and math tests. Diamond Path fell short in the performance of Hispanic students on the MCA reading test.

Overall, the district failed to make AYP for the performance of black and special education students on the MCA reading and math tests, the performance of ELL students on the MCA reading test and the performance of Native American students and students eligible for reduced-price lunches on the MCA math test.

Rosemount and Red Pine both made AYP last year. Diamond Path did not.

There are penalties for schools that fail repeatedly to make AYP, but those penalties only apply to schools that receive federal Title I funding. Diamond Path does not receive that funding.

Rosemount High School and Rosemount Middle School both made AYP this year after failing to do so last year.

District 196 schools failed to make AYP despite performing better than the state average overall on this year's MCA tests.

In order to make AYP, schools must show improvement in MCA scores by a set amount each year. No Child Left Behind legislation requires that all schools reach 100 percent proficiency by 2014 on statewide standardized tests like the MCA.

Superintendent Jane Berenz said the district uses AYP results as one of many measures of student achievement.

District 196 School board members had mixed opinions of the results Monday. Board member Kevin Sampers suggested the process is as much a result of politics as it is about what is best for students. But Art Coulson saw some value in the measure because it forces districts to pay attention to the development of all students.

"We still owe it to living up to educating all of our students to their fullest potential," Coulson said.