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Discovery Elementary School

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Posted February 18, 2014

I love this school ! They stay with the same teacher for two years. They are very willing to work with children with special education needs. I always feel like we are listened to, and our child's needs are their number one priority. I can't tell you enough how great this school is. It is worth the wait.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

I've had 2 children attend Discovery Elementary. My daughter was able to attend after going to another area school from K thru 3rd grades. She was struggling in that school, dreaded going, and we were not happy with teachers or the administration. In her 1st year at Discovery, our daughter's grades went up from Bs and Cs, to mostly A's. Best of all, she LOVED going to school. Our son has been attending Discovery for 5 years. He loves the place, and is doing exceedingly well. The multi-age classrooms enables the older students to assist the newer/younger kids. The atmosphere is more like family and community, rather than school and home. We, as a family, consider ourselves very lucky to have been a part of such a tremendous program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2009

If you want a school that helps your kids feel like they are an important part of a community, then this is the school for them! Love the opportunity for my kids to go to Discovery!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2008

My husband and I were thrilled to have our children have the chance to attend Discovery Elem. Our daughter went 3 years to another elem. in town, and when our son got chosen in the lottery we couldn't have been happier. Our daughter is now in middle school and our son in his 4th year at Discovery. It has been the best!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

Have now have two children attending Discovery, and I am very pleased with the attention and dedication of the educators. My children love their school and the multi-age program is more than I expected! There is a lot of parent involvement, so if you are a working parent you may find it difficult to participate like some of the other parent volunteers. I really do like the school, but there are 'cliches' among the parent volunteers. Overall, it is a wonderful school and wonderful program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2006

Currently two of my children attend this school. Our experience comes with mixed feelings. It has a pretty fast paced cirriculum, so if your child can keep up they will do well. Unfortunatley, if your child needs a little more time, and drags their feet a bit, they will most likely fall behind and stay behind. There is a lot of one on one help for the students that need it, but again, they will need to keep up with their peers. They have lots of fun learning activities that I don't see in other schools that keep the kids excited. Parent involvement is key in this school. If you are a busy family, and may not be the school for you. I like the multiage aspect of it. It teaches the them to deal with kids of all ages. That will benefit them in adulthood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2004

Excellent multi-age program! It's like sending your child to a private school, but it's really a public school. Wonderful learning environment! My child is very much excellerated academically as a result of the program and cirriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2010.

41 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

47 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2010.

42 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

42 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

40 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students85%
Female88%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Economically non-disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students87%
Female89%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Economically non-disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students95%
Female94%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Non-migrant95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
Female72%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant76%

Reading

All Students53%
Female60%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English53%
Non-migrant53%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students72%
Female71%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Economically non-disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant72%

Reading

All Students55%
Female67%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Economically non-disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Non-migrant55%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students66%
Female60%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Economically non-disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant66%

Reading

All Students87%
Female88%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Economically non-disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant87%

Science

All Students80%
Female84%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Economically non-disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant80%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 73%
Hispanic 2% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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