Either there's something in the water of our 10,000 lakes or Minnesota's education system has fundamentally broken down when 43% of 10th graders can't read at grade-level.
Only 57% of 10th graders can read at grade level.
How does your city measure up?
A variety of news outlets have reported the rapidly declining SAT scores of the nation's high school students. Bloomberg went so far as to use the headline: "Students Bombed the SAT This Year..."
Such information should be a wake-up call to the rest of us as well. We can’t sit back on the laurels of our “good” and “high-achieving” schools because they might be falling behind as well.
Here are some key facts about some of the largest public school districts in Minnesota.
Do rising graduation rates belie the real state of our district schools?
An infographic showing 5 facts about Minneapolis Public Schools.
Of the main public high schools in St. Paul, only Highland Park registers a reading proficiency score over 60%. In average grading scale terms, that’s hanging on to a D-minus by the fingernails.
As the numbers of school districts shrink, the size of individual schools naturally grows. Because large schools normally have more to offer – including more advanced classes, better sports training, and greater extracurricular activities – the consolidation of small schools might not seem like that much of a problem. But recent studies are suggesting otherwise.