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Shakopee Schools Show Positive Results on State’s North Star Accountability System

September 3, 2019 - The Minnesota Department of Education has released the results of the state’s North Star Accountability System. The results show Shakopee Public Schools performed at or above the state level on all North Star indicators.


The North Star system provides information about a school’s overall performance by tracking achievement and progress over time on state tests, progress towards English Language proficiency, four and seven-year graduation rates, and consistent attendance.


The North Star Accountability System replaced the MMR, the Minnesota waiver to No Child Left Behind. North Star, now in its second year, aims to evaluate a variety of learning indicators for all students across the state. It also places additional emphasis on equity by examining  measures across student groups. 


In the North Star Accountability System August 2018 report, Shakopee High School and Tokata Learning Center (TLC) were identified as needing support for their 2016-17 graduation rates. Since that time, the district has worked with the Minnesota Department of Education’s Regional Center of Excellence to improve graduation rates for the student groups identified. As a result, graduation rates for identified groups at both the high school and the TLC improved.


“The North Star Accountability System provides us with an overall picture of each school’s performance containing eight different measures across all student groups,” said Ford Rolfsrud, Teaching and Learning Supervisor. “While this data helps us identify areas of success and areas for improvement, it also helps us determine how we can best support our students, prioritize, and set goals for our district.”


Click here to learn more about the North Star Accountability System from the Minnesota Department of Education.