reading proficiency

Posts about reading proficiency.

Is There Something in the Water?

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.

Are States Lying About Student Performance?

What if those As and Bs on your child's report card don't give a true picture of your child's progress?

3 Simple Criteria for Choosing Books

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!”

Thinking Outside The District Box

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.

Shock: Study Finds That Closing Bad Schools Is Good For Students

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.

Off of the Trend Line: Some Districts Pay Their Superintendents More for Poorer Results

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?

Greater Education Spending = Worse Results?

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.

The School System Has Failed Millennials

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.

Charter Schools Do It For Less

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.