Delano Public Schools announced recently that students achieved high marks in all areas of testing during the 2012-13 school year. The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests are the primary assessment tool used by the Minnesota Department of Education. Students in the “meets” or “exceeds” categories are considered proficient in the disciplines of math, reading, writing and science.
In math, Delano students performed in the top 1 percent of districts statewide, and coming in fourth with these breakdowns of proficiency: Delano Elementary Schoolgrades three and four, 92 percent proficient; Delano Middle School grades five through eight, 80 percent proficient; Delano High School grade 11, 69 percent proficient.
In reading, the district performed in the top 3 percent of state districts with DES, grades three and four, at 73 percent proficiency; DMS, grades five to through eight, 75 percent proficiency; DHS, grade 11, with a 74 percent proficiency.
In science, DMS, grades five and eight had 56 percent; at DHS 69 percent of tested students were found proficient.
Also, DHS students continue to achieve high scores on the ACT college entrance exam, averaging 24.3 in 2012-13 compared to the state average of 23. With Minnesota students leading the nation in ACT testing, this puts Delano Schools among the top schools in nation academically.