Minnesota students' math, reading sco...

Minnesota students' math, reading scores show little improvement

There are 53 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 24, 2011, titled Minnesota students' math, reading scores show little improvement. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Minnesota high school students didn't do much better on the state's graduation exams this spring than they did a year ago.

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Bill Clinton

Garfield, MN

#1 May 24, 2011
More proof that Minnesota needs to throw more money at the schools.
Lina

Saint Paul, MN

#2 May 24, 2011
Just give them a billion more dollars. All they need is more money. A billion dollars per percentage point. Heck give them 10 billion. It's for the CHEEELDRIN
Fort Lauderdale Resident

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#3 May 24, 2011
It's the white man's fault. Trying to force dead white male values on our young ethnic students. Our current recession was caused by white men.
Fact

Elk River, MN

#4 May 24, 2011
Bill Clinton wrote:
More proof that Minnesota needs to throw more money at the schools.
So true! Gotta love how liberals always want to throw more money at the problem before fixing it. It's a fact that about 87% of new money thrown at schools will go to salaries and benefits. School spending has tripled over the past 20 years, and what has that given us? More failing schools. We will never solve the problem until we first eliminate the unions. Tom Dooher knows this also which is why he is running all the ads on TV. He's trying to make people think that the unions care about the children. Fact is, a union leader was recently quoted as saying that the children don't pay dues, so they shold get the additional money thrown at schools. Let's all fight to save our schools the right way, not just throw more money at the problem.
Horeass Mann

Clermont, FL

#6 May 24, 2011
How utterly ASTOUNDING!!

And they want MORE $$$!!!

Not a cent until they can read, write, make change and identify where North America
is!

ThIs is NOT he'pin' the chir'run!

Since: Mar 11

Minneapolis, MN

#7 May 24, 2011
I was thinking more along the lines of this user comment board. You can't a natural disaster or Bob Dylan playing Chine without some winging their stupid typing fingers.

Why can't it be a good thing they were concerned for children in a school? How far gone are you?

Since: Mar 11

Minneapolis, MN

#8 May 24, 2011
and I can't sppeel either.
Whatever

Las Vegas, NV

#9 May 24, 2011
The liberal complaint that schools need more money has always been bogus.

Money won't make teachers care to teach better, it won't make parents care to stay on top of what their children are doing in school, and it won't make children want to study more.

This is underscored by recent studies that show how many students in dirt poor countries around the world are beating US kids in science and math. Many of those schools don't even have proper desks to sit at, but those kids and their parents CARE, because they see education as a way out.

THAT is what's wrong in our culture. If we keep making celebrities out of nobodies who do nothing, while throwing welfare dollars at non-celebrities who do nothing, where is the incentive to learn?

It's a CULTURAL problem, not a financial one.

Since: Feb 08

Sandstone MN

#10 May 24, 2011
We ought to be pushing the achievers to an even higher level rather than worrying about eliminating the gap between the achievers and the non-achievers.

Not everyone gets to be an astronaut when they grow up
Whatever

Las Vegas, NV

#11 May 24, 2011
GumCuzzler wrote:
I was thinking more along the lines of this user comment board. You can't a natural disaster or Bob Dylan playing Chine without some winging their stupid typing fingers.
Why can't it be a good thing they were concerned for children in a school? How far gone are you?
That's great. Now say it in English, please.
Tom Do Her

Minneapolis, MN

#12 May 24, 2011
we need another 2000 bucks per pupil NOW !!!

and another new suit for me.
Bill Clinton

Garfield, MN

#13 May 24, 2011
Disgruntled Outstater wrote:
We ought to be pushing the achievers to an even higher level rather than worrying about eliminating the gap between the achievers and the non-achievers.
Not everyone gets to be an astronaut when they grow up
Everyone is entitled to equal opportunity but it doesn't mean everyone is equal in ability. So lets stop dumbing down our schools.
Stand and Deliver

Carol Stream, IL

#14 May 24, 2011
Why would test scores improve?

Nothing has changed.
handay dandy

Minneapolis, MN

#15 May 24, 2011
What do you expect? You have a group of students who's first language ISN'T english, you have a group who come from parents who haven't graduated from high school yet...or maybe ever will, you have another group who's families move around everyother month....what kid can learn in an environment like this?

Parents are failing their children, the schools can only do so much.
Outsidelookingin

Grantsburg, WI

#16 May 24, 2011
Tom Dooher who heads the Minnesota teachers' union makes about $150,000 annually I've been told. Maybe if they bump his salary to $200,000 the students will do better next year.

Since: Feb 08

Sandstone MN

#17 May 24, 2011
Ummmm... There seems to be an error ion the questions/answers provided:
#2 should be 10x -(4x - 27). It's missing the second "x"
Engineer

Minneapolis, MN

#18 May 24, 2011
Disgruntled Outstater wrote:
Ummmm... There seems to be an error ion the questions/answers provided:
#2 should be 10x -(4x - 27). It's missing the second "x"
Close, try 10x -(4x + 27)
But you're correct that the Department of Education test is flawed.

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#19 May 24, 2011
handay dandy wrote:
What do you expect? You have a group of students who's first language ISN'T english, you have a group who come from parents who haven't graduated from high school yet...or maybe ever will, you have another group who's families move around everyother month....what kid can learn in an environment like this?
Parents are failing their children, the schools can only do so much.
Go back a generation or two and those same things are true. Those kids did OK.

Since: Feb 08

Sandstone MN

#20 May 24, 2011
Engineer wrote:
<quoted text>
Close, try 10x -(4x + 27)
But you're correct that the Department of Education test is flawed.
I was typing from memory -- i for got the sign of the the 2nd operand.

I hope this is just a transcription error from the real test and the actual test was correct.
ldh

United States

#21 May 24, 2011
Agree on problem 2 typo.
Also,#1 says house sold for MORE than $500k. Answer presumes EXACTLY $500k.

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