The implementation of Minnesota’s new North Star Accountability System means that in 2018, the state hit the reset button for measuring school performance across multiple areas. While the accountability system itself is new, the 2018 results released by the Minnesota Dept. of Education for Osseo Area Schools echoed previous patterns, showing some bright spots along with areas that will be targeted for improvement.

The new accountability system incorporates measures that Osseo Area Schools has already been monitoring for several years in the areas of graduation rates, English language proficiency, and progress on state tests over time. Starting in 2018, the new state system also holds schools accountable for consistent student attendance. According to the Dept. of Education, the new North Star system meets the federal requirement that Minnesota look at more than test data — extending beyond student proficiency on a test at a single point in time — in order to offer the public a richer understanding of what is happening in schools.

Summary results from 2018 for Osseo Area Schools

  • Proficiency: In both math and reading and across all grades tested, Osseo Area Schools students’ proficiency rates are lower than state averages (Math: Osseo 53%, state 57%; Reading: Osseo 56%, state 60%)
  • Growth: In both math and reading and across all grades tested, the percentage of Osseo Area Schools students who maintained or improved an achievement level (e.g., moving from partially proficient to proficient) is above state averages (Math: Osseo 71%, state 65%; Reading: Osseo 73%, state 69%).
  • English Learners: A larger percentage of Osseo’s English Learners are meeting individual growth targets than their state counterparts (Osseo: 55.4%, state: 48.5%)
  • Graduation rates: Osseo’s graduation rates are slightly higher than state averages for four-year (84% Osseo vs 83% state) and seven-year graduation rates (92% Osseo vs 87% state). A particular highlight was in Black student graduation rates: Osseo’s four-year graduation rate (71%) was six percentage points higher than the state, and Osseo’s seven-year graduation rate (86%) was 14 percentage points higher than the state.
  • Consistent attendance: Osseo’s consistent attendance rate of 81.4% is lower than the state average of 85.6%. “Consistent attendance” in the new accountability system means that 95% of students are in school on at least 90% of the days they are enrolled.

Five schools were recognized for success

Five schools were recognized for success, defined as being in the highest 5% of the state overall on an indicator or where one or more student groups were at the same level as the highest 5% for that indicator. Learn more about the recognition criteria.

Basswood Elementary
Math Progress, Asian Student Group

Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math & Technology School
Progress toward English Language Proficiency

Maple Grove Middle
Math Progress, Asian Student Group

Osseo Middle
Math Progress, Asian Student Group

ALC-Independent Study
7-year Graduation Rate (this recognition is available for credit recovery high schools and dropout recovery schools only)

Some schools will receive additional support

The state will use the North Star Accountability System to determine how to allocate resources to support continuous improvement in schools. In Osseo, 12 schools have been identified to receive state-level support. Assistance can range from training sessions with state education experts to more hands-on support from the state’s Regional Excellence Centers. In addition, district-level staff will be more closely involved in guiding schools that were identified for support.

Schools were identified as follows (some schools will receive more than one type of support):

  • Targeted support for schools that need to focus on a single student group or need support on more than one accountability measure: Birch Grove School for the Arts, Fair Oaks Elementary, Fernbrook Elementary, Palmer Lake Elementary, Rice Lake Elementary, and Zanewood Community School.
  • Comprehensive support for schools that were identified to improve across multiple measures, or for graduation rates (high school only) below 67% overall or for any individual student group: Crest View Elementary, Osseo Senior High, Park Center Senior High, and Osseo Area Learning Center.

For details about each school’s results, see the Minnesota Report Card on the Minnesota Department of Education website.