Pine City Above State Average, both ACT & MCA-II

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 at 5:33 am

The Minnesota Department of Education released the results of the Science MCA-II test, Tuesday. Statewide, just over 40-percent of students meet proficiency standards. The test was given students in fifth and eighth grades and high school students. Locally, Pine City students were above the state average with 41.5-percent proficiency. Forty one-percent of Rush City students hit the proficiency standards. Braham came in at 33-percent, Cambridge-Isanti 39-percent, and North Branch at 36-percent. This is the first time Minnesota students took the test.

Pine City High School students have some of the best ACT scores in the country. The school board discussed the recent results at Monday’s school board meeting. Pine City students’ composite score was 22.8, which is above the national average by over a point and a half and above the state average by point-two percent. Minnesota scores were tops in the nation. High School Principle George Johnson says the scores not only shows student progression, but staff improvement as well.

Sixty-two Pine City Students took the voluntary test. The overall score for the school is up a point and a half from last year and over two points from 2006.

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