The numbers show the need for systemic change.
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.
What if those As and Bs on your child's report card don't give a true picture of your child's progress?
Over the years, I’ve heard a number of teachers and parents say a variation of the following: “I don’t care what the child reads, just as long as he is reading!”
The article highlights some of the school’s methods for achieving great results. What I took away, though, was that, once again, it took a group of highly qualified professionals working outside the district system to make this school happen.
Keeping our children in schools with consistently low scores can’t be good for them. It’s time to start closing both low-performing charters and district schools.
The average salary for district superintendents in the 2014-2015 school year is $121,037, while the average reading proficiency of those districts is near 60%. So, why is it that Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools pay their superintendents about $200,000 a year when only 40% of their students can read at grade level?
Below are scatter plots of the data we reported on last week, which compared the spending per student of Twin Cities metro school districts vs. those districts’ MCA Reading & Math test scores.
Our schools may have failed the millennial generation by not giving them the skills they need to succeed, but past failure doesn’t mean we have to continue on the same path with future generations.
Perhaps it’s time to give more parents the chance to choose a high-quality, rather than simply a high-spending, education for their children.