With Minnesota’s “MEA weekend” in the rearview mirror. we think it’s timely to review a report on 2021 test scores released by the Minnesota Department of Education.
“The decline in test scores was seen across all students, but was greatest among American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latino, Black, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students, English learners, students eligible for free or reduced-price meals and students receiving special education services,” the Minnesota Dept. of Education said.
“Overall, here’s how the scores stacked up compared to 2019 – not all grades are tested on certain subjects.
- Reading scores down 7% (3rd– 8thgrade and 10th grade)
- Math scores down 11% (3rd-8thgrade and 11thgrade)
- Science scores down 8% (5thand 8thgrade and tested once in high school.)
Education Commissioner Dr. Heather Mueller said, “the 2021 assessment results confirm what they already knew – that the pandemic has disrupted students’ learning and they need to recover.”
Gov. Tim Walz owns these test scores. He has not only failed to close the state’s embarrassing educational achievement gap, but his cooperation with the teachers union “Education Minnesota,” has arguably made the achievement gap worse for poor and minority students across the state.
You can see how your kid’s school is doing by clicking here.