Minnesota reading scores plummet in wake of tough new test; math scores dip slightly

  • Article by: Kim McGuire and Glenn Howatt , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: August 27, 2013 - 1:27 PM

Math scores also dip but educators cautioned the scores aren’t easily comparable to last year.

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qwertynzfsAug. 27, 1312:35 AM

If this test was tougher than last year how many times over the past 30 years have we been lowering the bar!

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fatredneckAug. 27, 1312:56 AM

What's with business-type managers being obsessed with seeing numbers incrementally increase? Fire them and get back to actually educating kids.

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SqUaReD80Aug. 27, 13 1:12 AM

Nothing wrong with raising the bar, considering how far behind we are in the world.

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educator1Aug. 27, 13 1:53 AM

thanks to Star Tribune for considerable detail in this report. Thanks for looking for and finding places where there was progress.

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asdfasdfAug. 27, 13 5:25 AM

Squared80 - if mn were a country we'd be about 3rd or 4th overall. I wouldn't consider that terrible.

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asdfasdfAug. 27, 13 5:34 AM

Qwertnzsf- compare the level of math, science and literature required for graduation today to what we were expected to do and you would be surprised at how much higher the standards are.

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kamkamAug. 27, 13 5:51 AM

Please remember that not only did they change the test with no examples for teachers to work with, but MDE also raised what proficiency meant. They didn't lower the bar. Next year scores are going to bounce back because the target is stable. Until the next change.

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badcopperAug. 27, 13 6:13 AM

If you can't measure it, you can't manage it

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lrnmthAug. 27, 13 6:20 AM

Starting with the Minnesota Basic Standards test in the early 1990's "standards" in Minnesota have been a constantly moving target. Every 2-3 years either the standards change or the measures (tests) change. International comparisons are bogus ... they are not apple-to-apple comparisons. USA has compulsory attendance and we test ALL students.

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kgfoolAug. 27, 13 6:59 AM

The current test is much harder than the version of ten years ago. In 2002, students were required to read at roughly an eighth grade level to earn a passing score. Now, students (sophomores) are required to read at a college freshman level. Take the new iteration of the test if you don't believe me. Keep in mind you have to get at least 23/29 correct. http://www.stma.k12.mn.us/curriculum/testing/practice_tests.php

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