Curriculum & Assessment

Rush City School District Assessment Calendar


Minnesota Department of Education has set forth a new requirement to provide detailed information about the district wide assessments given to our students. If after reading the information you have any questions, please feel free to contact your building principal or superintendent. We are more than happy to visit with you about our assessment calendar.


Jason Mielke CE Jacobson Principal 320-358-4742

Brent Stavig HS Principal 320-358-4795

Teresa Dupre Superintendent 320-358-4855


The state required test for Minnesota students is the MCA III (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment). The assessment is given one time a year in the spring. The purpose of the test is to gather summative information about school wide performance, measure student achievement improvements over time, and to identify any achievement gaps by demographics.

Across the state students are assessed in the following grades, subjects and the time of year the assessment is given is also provided. The amount of time spent on the MCA III assessments varies by grade and subject areas. It is important to note the assessments are not timed and therefore will vary by student. MCA III

 

Science assessments take between 1.75 and 2 hours

Reading assessments take between 2.5 and 3.5 hours

Math assessments take between 2.5 and 3.5 hours

Other state required assessments include the ACCESS for students enrolled in English Language Learning. The ACESS is given at all grade levels to students in an ELL program. Reading and language proficiency are measured by the ACCESS and ranges in time for the student to complete from 45 up to 170 minutes.


An optional state assessment used to help prepare students for the MCA III and to provide information to teachers to monitor and adjust instruction is called the OLPA. Additional information regarding the use of OLPA will be added to this calendar if Rush City chooses this option for a winter assessment.


MCA III data as mentioned, is summative data, and used to measure school successes and improvements. The data comes in the summer and therefore does not provide timely instructional information for our teachers. It is for this reason Rush City schools also assesses our students with an additional tool call MAP (Measures of Academic Progress). In our younger grades we currently use a screener called aMath and aReading. However, we will be exploring the use of MAP for primary grades this year and parents of students in grades K and 1 will be informed.


MAP assessments are not timed, adjust to individual student instructional level and provide valuable instructional information for our teachers in the fall and instructional growth information in the spring.


Kindergarten and 1st grade are assessed in the fall, winter and spring on an instructional screener called aReading and aMath. The screeners take about 15- 20 minutes for the children to complete.


Grades 2 – 8 are assessed in the fall and spring on MAP. Most students spend about 50 minutes completing the questions.


Fall MAP assessments will be given to students during the weeks of September 12 and concluding by the end of September. Spring MAP assessment window will be during the month of May after students have completed the MCA III.


On April 19, 2017, the ACT is given to all of our students in their junior year. They are tested on Math, Reading and Writing. Many of our students use the results to support college and career decisions.


Once again, we encourage all parents with questions or concerns about the district wide assessments administered in Rush City to contact your principal or superintendent.


RCSD Curriculum
Curriculum refers to written plans which guide student learning experiences leading to the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.  In Rush City Schools, teachers develop, revise, and implement curriculum in content areas according to a six-year curriculum cycle.  All Graduation Standards policies and procedures are contained on board policies  #613 and #621 which are available on the District website.

The link below shows the curriculum work our teachers have done to determine the best way to meet the educational needs of our students for the courses we teach.  Teachers use this as a guide.  Daily work and activities may vary depending on the needs of the students.  Currently only High School courses are available for viewing.  Elementary courses will be available in the future.

Rush City Schools Curriculum


Curriculum Review Plan
Curriculum will be reviewed and revised annually in accordance with the following six-year cycle.  Several area schools have the same cycle so consultants are shared and teachers can collaborate on curriculum improvements. 

   Develop Curriculum  Implement & Follow Up
 2013-14  
 Business Education
 Industrial Tech/Ag
 Science

 Social Studies
 Guidance
 2014-15  World Language
 Art
 
 Business Education
 Industrial Tech/Ag
 Science

 2015-16  
 Reading/Language Arts
 Media Technology

 World Language
 Art
 2016-17  
 Music
 Early Childhood
 Special Programs

 Reading/Language Arts
 Media Technology
 2017-18  Math
 Physical Education
 
 Music
 Early Childhood
 Special Programs

 2018-19  
 Social Studies 
 Guidance

 Math
 Physical Education
 2019-20  
 Business Education
 Industrial Tech/Ag
 Science

 Social Studies 
 Guidance







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