Much was made of the 2010 MCA II math test results for 11th graders, the first such standardized testing for the Eastern Carver County School District (District 112) since the opening of Chanhassen High School. The test results showed an alarming 27-point gap between the two schools that caused significant community reaction and action by the district to improve math performance at Chaska High School.
Earlier this week, the results of the 2011 tests were released, and the gap between the two schools has narrowed to about 17 points. The narrowing of the gap represents a good news, bad news situation. On the plus side, performance at Chaska High was up six points over 2010. But, performance at Chanhassen High dropped four points from last year. Chanhassen continues to run well ahead of the state averages, while Chaska remains just slightly above average statewide performance.
Reading results for 2011 were also released this week. Grades 3-8 and 10 were tested last year, and District 112 was consistently about 10 points ahead of the state average and was solidly in line with neighboring districts.