Minnesota test scores show no improvement in math, reading

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota schools’ latest test scores show no improvement in math and reading and little movement in the state’s persistent achievement gap for minority students.
The results released Thursday show reading scores remained flat for the third straight year despite efforts to boost test scores and reduce disparities between student groups, the Star Tribune reported. The scores indicated that 60 percent of students met the state’s proficiency standards in the 2017-18 school year.
Math scores declined with 57 percent of students meeting Minnesota standards, down from 59 percent a year earlier.
Achievement gaps slightly improved but remain stark with a gap of 35 percentage points between white and black students in reading and a 38-percentage-point difference in math.
The scores don’t provide a full picture of student or school performance, state education officials said.
The results come as the state launches a new system for measuring schools that relies on test scores, but also on data related to students’ progress over time, graduation rates and attendance records. The North Star accountability system is a replacement for measures like adequate yearly progress (AYP) and standards drafted under the No Child Left Behind federal education law.
Minneapolis Public Schools officials said they are hopeful that the state’s new system and the additional help it’ll offer for schools struggling with academic performance, attendance and graduation rates will help boost all of its students.
“In MPS, we have not seen the math and literacy trends we want to see,” said Eric Moore, the district’s chief of accountability, innovation and research.
However, Moore said the district hopes to change “our trajectory over time.”
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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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