For the fifth year in a row, Valley Crossing Community School (VCCS) has been named a Reward School by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), a designation given the top performing 15 percent of Title 1 schools. This year, 118 schools were selected as a Reward School and VCCS is one of only 14 schools across the state to have earned the recognition five times. Title 1 schools are schools that receive supplemental Federal funding based on the percentage of students qualifying for the free or reduced price lunch program.
“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations for Valley Crossing’s fifth designation as a Reward School in 2015,” says MDE Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “Your school has consistently been among the highest performing schools in the state, and this recognition reflects the incredible sustained success of your students year after year.”
The Reward School status is based off of Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR), which is part of MDE’s accountability system that focuses on closing the achievement gap and promoting high growth for all students. A MMR is given to all schools on an annual basis to measure school performance in the areas of proficiency, growth, achievement gap reduction and graduation rates. Last year, MDE added a second rating, called the Focus Rating, to specifically measure a school’s success in reducing achievement gaps between students of color, special education students, students in poverty and English learners.