Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Despite many positives, a racial achievement gap is still a major concern to district officials.
The Roseville District 623 School Board continued its extensive review of student achievement at a study session Tuesday, with results revealing many positives but also a growing gap in some performance between minority and white students. Board members reviewed a draft of the district's “Monitoring Report: Engaging, Supporting and Challenging Each Student to Make Significant Annual Academic Growth.” The report measures student achievement in three areas: academic growth, as measured by the Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP); proficiency, as measured by the Minnesota Comprehensive Achievement Tests, and attendance. The report shows the district ranks in the top 10 percent nationally in mathematics growth…
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Report measures growth, proficiency and attendance
The District 623 School Board will continue its comprehensive effort to assess student achievement at a study session today (Tuesday). Board members will review a draft of the district’s “Monitoring Report: Engaging, Supporting and Challenging Each Student to Make Significant Annual Academic Growth.” The report measures student achievement in three areas: academic growth, as measured by the Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP); proficiency, as measured by the Minnesota Comprehensive Achievement Tests (MCA), and attendance. The report shows that the district is in the top 10 percent nationally in mathematics growth (progress students make from the start to the end of the school year) and in the top 15 …
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Early Childhood Center's renovation celebration marks 35th anniversary of District 623's ECFE program.
Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius was there. So were state Rep. Mindy Greiling, District 623 Superintendent John Thein, Roseville Mayor Dan Roe and members of the Roseville School Board. But the stars of the show were the kids – the students at Roseville Area School District’s newly renovated Early Childhood Center. The children were the honored guests at the center’s grand opening Thursday. The renovation process began last spring. The new facility, located in the lower level of Parkview Center School, 701 W. County Rd. B, Roseville, features space for stroller parking and classrooms dedicated to students from infancy through pre-school. The center’s opening marks the 35th anniversary of the Early Childhood and Family …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Despite falling short in meeting federal NCLB goals, District 623 takes pride in overall student performance.
Despite falling short in meeting goals set in the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Roseville District 623 can take pride in overall student performance by other measures of academic proficiency, according to the District’s Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement. The upside: The district graduation rate remains high, with 98 percent of students passing state-required tests in math, reading and writing. Tests measuring academic progress (MAP) in grades 2-8 show that Roseville’s students performed above the national average. And, high school students performed exceptionally well on ACT tests, which are used by many colleges as entrance exams. A high percentage of students – 76 percent – participated in the test, …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Parents, public invited to celebrate renovation of school facility.
The public is invited to the grand opening of the Roseville Area School District’s newly renovated Early Childhood Center. The event is on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the center, located in the lower level of Parkview Center School, 701 W. County Rd. B, Roseville. The renovation began last spring. The new facility features space for stroller parking and classrooms dedicated to students from infancy through pre-school. A special program and ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., followed by an open house at 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Board agenda Tuesday night also includes district performance on math and reading tests, and progress on federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The Roseville District 623 School Board will vote tonight (Tuesday) on the district’s Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement, a comprehensive document that outlines the district’s successes and challenges in improving student achievement. The document, mandated by state law for all school districts, is a report to the community on “continuous improvement policies and practices.” It describes equity and achievement goals for the district and explains a variety of tests which measure achievement in such areas as math, reading, writing, language, and college readiness. “It shows our learning family is making steady progress… in our academic journey, but also indicates there are additional miles to go before we reach…
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
School opens this week for more than 6,500 students.
More than 6,500 students will return to District 623 schools this week, as a new year begins. Students in grades 1-9 and students new to Roseville Area High School will start school on Tuesday, while classes for kindergarten students and returning high school students will start on Wednesday. Ninth-graders and other new students at Roseville Area High School will be welcomed with a large group assembly in the gymnasium at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday. Other orientation events include an activities fair at noon. Students at Roseville Area Middle School will kick off a new program that encourages positive student behavior on Thursday and Friday. Eighth-graders will attend a kick-off ceremony at 8:05 a.m. Thursday in the auditorium. Seventh-graders …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Board Chair Lisa Edstrom shares her views with Roseville Patch. She is seeking reelection to the District 623 School Board.
Editor’s note: The Roseville Patch invited each of the six candidates for District 623 School Board to respond to a brief questionnaire listing their qualifications for the job and priorities for the district. Today we feature School Board Chair Lisa Edstrom, who is seeking a second term. Roseville Patch: Where do you work? Lisa Edstrom: I am the Director for Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care at North Memorial Health Care. I have been in the position for just about one month. Prior to this, I was the Associate Director for the Center on Aging at the University of Minnesota. Roseville Patch: What are your qualifications for the position you are seeking? Edstrom: Beyond my four years of service on the school board (last two as chair…