Minneapolis schools set bar higher with ACT tests for all juniors

  • Article by: Steve Brandt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 16, 2013 - 9:58 PM

It’s an effort to convince more students that they’re college material.

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jbpaperMar. 16, 13 8:45 PM

In a district that has a graduation rate of only about 50%, not sure if this really makes sense. I can understand them making it easier by offering the test during school hours and helping with prepping for it but that's about it.

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ecrankbeardMar. 16, 13 8:55 PM

I hope the cirriculum they're learning has been updated more recently than their 48 star flag.

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minneg56Mar. 16, 13 9:07 PM

ecrank- that's an incredible catch! I hope it's a history class artifact!

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supervon2Mar. 16, 13 9:43 PM

You don't have to worry about the 48% graduation rate. By this time those that are gone are gone. Let's just for once give the kids a taste of what you have to do for success and if you don't do well you better have a great plan B. This is NOT and everybody takes first place world and a Junior is the best time to start getting the head on straight. Teachers? It's about time you looked at your union and realized they are not your path to success either.

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wooden1Mar. 16, 13 9:49 PM

I taught for 28 years. I don't mind everyone taking the test. So what. BUT, this is a perfect example of what is wrong with education in America. First, teaching to a test. No real teaching takes place. Just a lot of "This type of question may be on the test. Let's see how to work the problem." Second, why do we think everyone needs to go to college? No jobs when the get out plus they will have an enormous debt to pay off. What about trade school? We have a tremendous need in our country for electricians, plumbers, etc.

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dflleftMar. 16, 1310:05 PM

CORRECTION ON above post...the graduation rate in the Minneapolis Public Schools is a disgusting 43%.

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mdachsMar. 17, 1312:03 AM

If the graduation rate in Mpls is less than 50%, then let's put that at the student's and parents' feet - not the schools! Kids and parent have enough information about the importance and value of graduating from high school from TV and the internet to figure out that this is a minimum standard for getting a job. It's high time that parents and kids take responsibility and quit blaming schools, teachers, and administrators for their lack of motivation and hard work.

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tandabuss1Mar. 17, 13 8:40 AM

I think this is a great idea. Moreover, if the test is a valid one, then "teaching to it" isn't a bad idea. The ACT tests READING. Teaching kids to read, critically, can't be a bad thing. No surprise the union teacher opposes it.

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comment229Mar. 17, 1312:12 PM

Making everyone take this test is just another example of the arrogant thinking that everyone WANTS to go to college. It makes about as much sense as to have every student take a welding test that doesn't want to go to college and wants to learn a trade. Until we recognize this fact and leave the concept of preparing everyone for college by making them take core classes that do them absolutely no good, we are going to continue to have a drop out rate in this country, that is unacceptable. We still have school thinking from the early 20th century. It is time to stopping putting a band aid on our education system and time to start fresh. My only recommendation? Keep politicians as far away from the decision making process as you can. They make up great names for their gimmicks but that is about it.

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bmom0505Mar. 18, 13 1:37 PM

I don't think there is anything wrong with having everyone take the test. No, not everyone wants to (or should) go to college. On the other hand, it's likely that there are a lot of kids out there that think they aren't college material that will find out they really are capable of going to college and doing well.

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