Minnesota’s grade-school students are leading the nation in overall math scores, according to “The Nation’s Report Card”, which was released today. Minnesota’s fourth and eighth graders scored significantly higher than the national average, continuing a trend of excellence in both reading and math scores. The high scores are encouraging, but a sense of urgency is created by the fact that Minnesota’s scores remained flat as compared to 2009.
Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius explained that:
“While we’re delighted that Minnesota students lead the nation in “above proficient” math scores, other states are making greater strides in reading. The good news is that in the last 10 months, we’ve engaged in a strategic approach to improvement in this area that includes the Governor’s 7-Point Plan’s focus on early learning and reading well by third grade and new bi-partisan, incentive-based early literacy initiatives enacted this session. Those efforts will help ensure Minnesota’s schools continue to lead the nation and the world.”
She went on to say that:
“For decades Minnesota has enjoyed an economic edge due in large measure to the fact that our education system was considered one of the nation’s best … We are still ahead of the curve, but that won’t be the case for long if other states continue to gain ground while we simply hold steady. Today’s report underscores the need to redouble our commitment to ensure all Minnesota students – regardless of race, socio-economic status or region of the state in which they live – have the opportunity to succeed and achieve at the highest level.”
To read the full press release from the Minnesota Department of Education click here.