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MDE recognizes two EPS schools for accountability results


Sept. 5, 2016
logo Two Edina elementary schools have been recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for accomplishments in closing the achievement gap and promoting high academic growth for all students.

Cornelia and Creek Valley were named Reward Schools for scoring in the top 15 percent of Title 1 elementary schools in the state according to MDE’s Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR) report released last month. This is the sixth consecutive year that Creek Valley has been named to the list. Cornelia achieved the Reward designation after being on the Celebration Eligible (in the top 25 percent) last year.

The MMR is based on a school’s state assessment scores in math and reading, with designations only applied to Title 1 schools. Schools receive Title 1 funding based on the population of free lunch students at their site.

According to school principals, achieving Reward School status is the result of focused effort by highly committed staff, and support from administration and parents.

“Our skilled and welcoming educators empower students to work hard and believe in themselves,” said Kari Dahlquist, Creek Valley principal. “We are fortunate to have the support of a strong district, as well as positive partnerships between home and school at Creek Valley.”

"Cornelia worked diligently to hold high expectations for all students,” said Lisa Masica, principal at Cornelia. “We also had a yearlong focus on evidence based practices in reading and worked to focus our intervention efforts, in both reading and math, on direct student need and progress monitored students weekly for growth."

Next year, MDE will recognize top performing schools under new guidelines, which have not yet been announced.