National Test Shows Minn. Kids Still Above Average

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New scores on a national test of math and reading skills show Minnesota students remain above average, but several other states are pulling ahead.

The scores released Tuesday come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called “The Nation’s Report Card.” It tests academic achievement of the nation’s fourth and eighth graders.

The Minnesota Department of Education says the state’s students once again beat the national average, although the scores were about flat compared to the 2009 test.

However, the gap between Minnesota students and the nation’s best grew. For example, the number of states with significantly higher scores than Minnesota increased in three of the four categories.

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says the results should reinforce the sense of urgency for improving education in the state.

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  • G Dog

    Thirty years ago, Minnesota was #5 in state funding for K-12 public education. Today Minnesota is #22.

    Watch out Mississippi, we’ll catch ya’ll soon!

  • DOH

    30 years ago we had parents who took a more active role in their children’s lives. We also had teachers who were not as interested in just showing up for their 8 hour day 8 1/2 months of the year job, and collecting their 12 months of pay, as they are today. (Dont talk to me about it being a nine month + job; when are all of the vacation days?)

  • Dom

    Haha more like 7 months!

  • Pavel

    Any of you who think teaching is a breeze should go to college/university and get a degree: You might like teaching. I will assure you, however, that most of you could not take the constant stress of todays classrooms/kids. In fact, if more of today’s parents were better parents, teaching would be a much easier job. From experience I can say teaching can be rewarding, but it is one hell-of-a-difficult job! It is always easy for others to wish they were in someone else’s shoes, but I have not found one yet who thought teachers had such easy jobs they decided to join the teacher workforce.

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