By Harold Remme
ISD 88 Superintendent
Recently, statewide media articles have been written about the concern that many high school seniors have not met Graduation Required Assessment for Math, which prevented them from receiving a diploma.
The Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma are state tests that fulfill Minnesota's high school graduation requirement for student who entered eighth grade in 2005-06 or later. These tests measure essential skills in Writing, Reading and Math are tested in the GRAD program.
To graduate from a Minnesota public school, a student must pass all three of these assessments. The Department of Education does allow for any exception within the math assessment portion. Students who do not pass the math assessment the first attempt may still graduate if they pass/complete all state and local coursework and the credits required for graduation by the local school board, and take at least two retests, and participate in a math remediation program offered by the school district. All three assessment opportunities are offered numerous times throughout the school year and can be taken until a student passes.
The New Ulm High School graduating Class of 2012 performed exceptionally well on all graduation-required assessments. Ninety-three percent of the class met the required score or higher. The remaining seven percent met the graduation requirement by completing the district remediation plan and successfully attempting the assessment.
Over the past three years, ninety-one percent met the requirement by passing the test. Another 8.99 percent met the requirement by completing the district remediation program. The remaining .01 percent completed the summer remediation program and were successful in meeting the state required score necessary to receive a high school diploma.
The district math department has been instrumental in developing curriculum and providing quality instruction to students. These efforts have resulted in ISD 88 students passing the test at a significantly higher rate than state averages. The remediation plan, developed by the math department, has been shared with multiple district across the state. Hats off to the ISD 88 math department for their efforts in preparing students for the 21st century!