State's graduation exam scores flat

State's graduation exam scores flat

There are 143 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 24, 2011, titled State's graduation exam scores flat. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Minnesota high school students' scores on state graduation exams this spring are almost the same as a year ago.

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Tony Rozycki

United States

#1 May 25, 2011
Isn't it kind of racist for our "politically correct" schools to be obsessed with the so-called racial gap? How about we use some of that energy, money & time learning to read, write, do math & science & practice a little self-control. English, geography, history & health would help too. Role models... Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Canada, Singapore & Israel.
FedUp

Burnsville, MN

#2 May 25, 2011
And how much money do we continue to pour into these schools?
srhcb

Springfield, MO

#3 May 25, 2011
Gee. I don't understand? For as long as I can recall, we've been told that spending more and more money on education,(ie: higher taxes), was the answer.

There are lots of good teachers.(my mother's side of the family have been teaching for three generations) There are even a few good administrators, and there maybe even some rational school boards and state and federal bureaucrats in education departments, but I kind of doubt it.
Jim

United States

#4 May 25, 2011
I think this just adds to the pile of proof that simply dumping more money into the school system does not work. It needs reform, not funding.
Fact

Elk River, MN

#5 May 25, 2011
Democrats want to throw more money at the problem. Most Minnesotans now want unions out of the schools. I can guarantee that the problems won't be fixed until the unions are removed. Dooher knows the unions are failing and that's why he's trying to prop them up with all the ads.
Continence

Cold Spring, MN

#6 May 25, 2011
Dear "Mark".

Send more money for the kids.

Sincerely, Minnesota Education Association
KTK

Saint Paul, MN

#7 May 25, 2011
Jim wrote:
I think this just adds to the pile of proof that simply dumping more money into the school system does not work. It needs reform, not funding.
The overarching problem with public education is the lack of parent involvement. I'd like to see the test score data deaggregated - lets take a look at the data on kids who have involved parents versus those who do not. When parents are involved, students succeed. This is why private/charter schools appear to do well. It's easy to blame the schools but kids don't develop in silos - families and communities need to support the educational process. More money isn't necessarily the answer but less money isn't the answer either. All in all, resources to schools haven't kept pace with inflation. I'm approaching retirement - if you look at the numbers, I (and my children) received a better funded education than kids these days are getting.

The other issue...too much testing! Accountability, yes, but it is out of control. At this level, school should be about the exploration and discovery of strengths and gifts, not about narrowly focused curriculum so kids can pass tests. No wonder many of them hate school - there's no joy in it anymore. Guess that's another discussion topic.
liz

United States

#8 May 25, 2011
With what the students have as roll models, its
no wonder they do poorly.
Hate, lies, drugs, and parents who don't give
a fig. Oh that give a child real hope to succeed.
Continence

Cold Spring, MN

#9 May 25, 2011
Oh,

Dear "Mark",

Something needs to be done about the parents that were uneducated by the same system that is failing todays students.....If they did a better job indoctriunating their children, we wouldn't have a 30% failure rate in our product.

Sincerely, Minnesota Education Association
edward

Hillsboro, OR

#10 May 25, 2011
it will take another billion dollars to the union thug leaders and their worker ant teachers, and the grades will still blow
jan

Eau Claire, WI

#11 May 25, 2011
throw more money at it.
MEA

Minneapolis, MN

#12 May 25, 2011
Student test scores are irrelevent. What is relevent, is that Union teachers continue to get higher wages and more benefits. Forget about their students performance. All these union teachers are above average wage earners, on an hourly basis. You know, summers off! These teachers are stimulating the economy, and the best part is ,it is almost impossible to fire them. Thus, they will be stimulating for years, so shut up and forget the students!
Tom Do Her

Minneapolis, MN

#13 May 25, 2011
Union To Boycott Newspaper for Exposing Union Failures

Now usually when someone points out that one has done something badly or has failed in something, the average person would look at those accusations and assess where they went wrong in order to correct the situation for the future. Not unions, though. Unions boycott those that point out union failures. Such is the case in Los Angeles as union teachers are organizing a boycott of the L.A. Times for daring to point out that kids in the L.A. school district are all too often failing miserably.

In a series of recent articles the Times used student test scores to estimate the effectiveness of L.A.'s teachers. This infuriated the union...

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-teach...


the Pioneer Press needs to stop the publishing of test scores as well.
Tim

Stillwater, MN

#14 May 25, 2011
Is question 2 on the sample test an actual test question? It appears to be misprinted as none of the answer choices are correct! Could explain why math scores are so low if 1/3 of the questions are wrong.
What

San Francisco, CA

#15 May 25, 2011
What are the parents of the kids going to do about this? Whine to the politicians? Maybe we need a new superintendant? It all starts at home. I am dismayed when a city like Minneapolis or St Paul spends time or money trying to getthe "right" super. Like they make a bit of difference. Except for taking money from the classroom and teachers I suppose. It all starts at home. And its socio-economic. Liberty is equality is schools to paraphrase that 70 year old Iron-range hippy. Give everyone a fair chance. Fair and equal funding. It'll help get rid of the wealthy legacy idiots. I promise.
Joe Blow

Saint Paul, MN

#16 May 25, 2011
Lets put more money in. That will solve the problem. All Superintendents should be making 7 figure salaries.
Two is wrong

Saint Paul, MN

#17 May 25, 2011
Tim wrote:
Is question 2 on the sample test an actual test question? It appears to be misprinted as none of the answer choices are correct! Could explain why math scores are so low if 1/3 of the questions are wrong.
This is exactly what is wrong with the tests. The answer is wrong. Same thing happens in the study guides they give to the students. There have been incorrect answers in the study guides.
Truth Hurts

Eau Claire, WI

#18 May 25, 2011
If we stop letting kids slide by, and make them actually learn and pass classes, I'd be all for paying more to schools. I understand the schools jobs are hard. Taking some rotton kids that had rottn parents, and trying to get anything productive out of them.

Flunk them. make those maggots sit in 5th grade for 5 years. If they aren't smart enought to pass, then they don't pass. We need to stop being soft, and have some higher expectations. Stupid is as stupid does.
Tom Do Her

Minneapolis, MN

#19 May 25, 2011
Two is wrong wrote:
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This is exactly what is wrong with the tests. The answer is wrong. Same thing happens in the study guides they give to the students. There have been incorrect answers in the study guides.
NJ shuts down Barack Obama Elementary School

R.I.P., Barack Obama Elementary School "The state fiscal monitor who oversees financial operations in the school district Thursday morning ordered the closing of the Barack H. Obama Elementary School as of July 1."

Asbury Park’s school system was taken over by the state of New Jersey a few years back (along with those of other underachieving municipalities) for gross managerial incompetence. The state has, in the meantime, poured tons O cash into the district. According to Education.com , the district spends nearly $36,000 per student but pulls in the lowest test rating the site offers.

http://www.app.com/article/20110317/NJNEWS/11... |topnews|text|Frontpage

Where are Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi helping the locals in their old stomping grounds?

They could sing Gary Bonds "This Little Girl is Mine" to raise money for the children! don't they care about the children ?

How fitting that a school named after our profligate, post-achievement president is shutting down thanks to fiscal mismanagement and non-achievement.
edward

Hillsboro, OR

#20 May 25, 2011
Two is wrong wrote:
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This is exactly what is wrong with the tests. The answer is wrong. Same thing happens in the study guides they give to the students. There have been incorrect answers in the study guides.
i bet the test writers were taught by UNION teachers!

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