The 2014 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment results for Osseo Area Schools showed that student proficiency in math, reading and science is holding steady overall. Among nine categories with at least 100 students, the change from the previous year’s scores ranged from a decrease of –0.3% to an increase of 4.0%.

Three student groups saw increases of one or more percentage points in at least two of the subjects tested. Low income (eligible for free or reduced-price meals) students increased their proficiency by more than 2% in both math and reading. This is a large group that includes 41% of the district's students. Asian students increased proficiency by 2.3% in math,  4.0% in reading, and 4.2% in science. Hispanic students increased proficiency by 1.8% in math and 3.1% in reading.

The MCAs are one of the ways the state measures student achievement. At the end of September, the state will release additional indicators that show how schools are doing to accelerate student growth, close the achievement gap on all measures, and improve graduation rates. The new World’s Best Workforce legislation supports continued progress in those areas, along with ensuring that students are well prepared for kindergarten; read at grade level by grade three; and are college/career ready. Test results and other data are also used by schools to develop continuous improvement plans.

-Published Aug. 26, 2014


In preparation for back-to-school, Fair Oaks Elementary preschool teacher, Etta Rassier, thought she was attending a typical back-to-school staff meeting on Tuesday morning; what she wasn’t prepared for was the surprise of being named national Teacher of the Year by The Kids In Need Foundation. She is the first teacher in Minnesota and one of only two in the country to receive the award this year.

Kids In Need Foundation Executive Director Dave Smith announced the news and Rassier was given a hearty standing ovation by her colleagues.

Rassier was selected based on the creativity and quality of her project for literacy in preschool called, “Learning Through Dramatic Play.” Kids In Need Foundation and Jo-ann Fabric and Crafts funded the project last year through their teacher grant program. Rassier's project supports kindergarten readiness and literacy by grade three, two requirements of our state's new World's Best Workforce legislation.

Rassier will be recognized again at the Kids In Need Foundation’s annual gala in September. She will receive $500 as part of the award and Fair Oaks Elementary will receive a $500 gift card to Staples to purchase supplies for the school.

Also reported on: KSTP        News Channel 12


(PHOTO: Fair Oaks Principal Phillip Sadler (far left) and teacher Etta Rassier (4th from left) are joined by Kids In Need Foundation Executive Director Dave Smith and Foundation representatives Jeanne Mock, Lesley Walton and Melissa Philibert to celebrate Rassier's award.) 


-Published Aug. 26, 2014