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Minnesota’s awful student-school counselor ratio may finally improve

Chris Steller, MinnPost, May 7, 2014 – Minnesota may have recently ranked as the nation’s third-healthiest state, but another third place the state earned is nothing brag about: 792 students for every school counselor — the nation’s third-highest ratio. To put it another way: we’re 48th! The national average is 460:1. North Dakota’s ratio is 312:1. The […]

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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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Education commissioner points to achievement-gap progress

Tom Weber, Minnesota Public Radio, November 7, 2013 – New scores from a test considered the “nation’s report card” show some significant gains in the effort to close Minnesota’s achievement gaps, the state’s education commissioner said Thursday. Minnesota has long had some of the nation’s largest academic performance gaps between white students and students of color. […]

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Minnesota 4th-graders best in the country in math tests

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, November 7, 2013 – Minnesota fourth-graders are the best in the country at math, and eighth-graders rank fifth, according to results of a nationwide test released Thursday. The fourth-graders posted the highest math scores in the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), considered the best comparison of students from state to state. […]

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Most States Surpass Global Average in Math, Science

Catherine Gewertz, Education Week, October 24, 2013 – A new analysis of how all U.S. states stack up against countries around the world shows that 8th grade students in 36 states outperformed the international average in math and those in 47 did so in science. The federal report, released today, showcases the academic prowess of high-achieving states, […]

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Gaps of the Day: Graduation Rates

Michal Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, October 8, 2013 – It’s time to move beyond test scores. While the examination of racial and income gaps in scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress raised one warning sign of equity problems, it’s easy both to overinterpret test scores and to write them off. Let’s turn to a more concrete equity gap: high school graduation rates. (Data from the U.S. Department […]

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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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Where the Jobs for the Young Are and Aren’t

David Leonhardt, New York Times Economix Blog, May 6, 2013 – In three regions – the upper Midwest, New England and the area around Washington – the job market for younger adults is considerably stronger than in the rest of the country. These three regions are the closest thing to an exception to the trend I […]

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Crumbling Fiscal Foundation: A Decade of Decline in State Investment

Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020, April 15, 2013 – On this Tax Day, tea party activists will fan out across Minnesota to protest out of control government spending. In Minnesota that’s just not the case, adjusting for inflation, population growth, budgeting gimmicks and state takeovers, the State of Minnesota is spending 18 percent less that it […]

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