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Minnesota Legislature’s testing cuts came after too little discussion

Editorial Board, Star Tribune, July 9, 2015 State lawmakers need to take another look at ACT, other tests.  In response to concerns about excessive testing, the Minnesota Legislature voted to drop the requirement that all high school juniors take the college entrance ACT exam at state expense. Lawmakers cut the state Department of Education’s testing budget from […]

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Minnesota high schools scramble to meet ACT’s many test-day requirements

Erin Adler, Star Tribune, April 27, 2015 Test anxiety is hitting Minnesota school administrators as they prepare for the first ever statewide American College Test (ACT) for high school juniors. On April 28, all 64,000 juniors will sit for the exam — a new graduation requirement meant to increase free, in-school access to a test that’s widely […]

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Minnesota students score perfection on ACT, aim even higher

Anthony Lonetree, Star Tribune, April 8, 2014 – Until last week, most of his classmates at Mounds Park Academy in Maplewood did not know that high school junior Matthew Ehren aced the ACT college entrance exam. It wasn’t that he wasn’t proud of the perfect score, a 36 that put him in the top one-tenth of […]

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Take a deeper look at what ACT scores reveal

Star Tribune Editorial, August 26, 2013 – Minnesota teens have come out on top on an important college entrance exam — again. For the eighth consecutive year, state seniors posted the highest ACT scores among states in which at least half of students took the exam. And once again, observers should understand those results in context. Though state […]

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Minnesota is tops again in ACT results, and more college-ready, too

Anthony Lonetree, Star Tribune, August 20, 2013 – For an eighth consecutive year, Minnesota can lay claim to being best in the nation in the ACT college admissions test. State seniors again posted higher scores than those in other states in which at least half of students took the exam. Progress was made, too, in the […]

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Legislation would scrap graduation tests for new assessment measures

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, March 25, 2013 – Minnesota lawmakers are considering whether to drop the high-stakes GRAD tests, a series of reading, writing and math exams students must pass to receive a high school diploma. A bill authored by Democratic state lawmakers would replace the exams, which begin in the ninth grade, with a […]

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Minneapolis schools set bar higher with ACT tests for all juniors

Steve Brandt, Star Tribune, March 16, 2013 – Minneapolis school officials fully expect to see a drop in the district’s average score on the ACT college-readiness test this year. And that’s a good thing. That’s because for the first time, the district on Tuesday will give the ACT to its entire junior class. The move aims […]

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ACT: Minnesota high schoolers tops

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, August 22, 2012 – Minnesota high school graduates continue to beat the national average in the ACT college entrance exam. The test measures how proficient students are in English, reading, math and science. It’s also a good indicator of whether students are ready for college level courses. Minnesota’s 2012 high school […]

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