Students Outperform Nation on ACT
Minnesota's high school seniors are top in the nation on the ACT for the ninth year in a row! They achieved an average score of 22.9 on the college entrance exam, compared to the national average of 21. Kids are doing better in English, Reading, Math and Science as well; 39 percent of Minnesota students met the benchmarks, compared to 26 percent nationally. Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said "It is an incredible achievement that would not be possible without Minnesota’s dedicated teachers and students." Read the press release. Check out the national and state ACT Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014 reports.
Summer Reading at the Library...
Helps students avoid the summer slide and return to school ready to learn. For 13 years the Fergus Falls Public Library has partnered with Fergus Falls School District 544 to offer Extra Reading at the Library. This community funded one-to-one reading tutoring program helps 65 students maintain their reading skills over the summer. In addition to bolstering their reading skills, kids can earn free treats donated by local business for regular attendance.
Tracking Student Postsecondary Success!
Ever wondered how many Minnesota high school graduates go on to college? How long they stayed? And how many graduated? Check out the new data site developed as a joint effort by Minnesota's Office of Higher Education, the Department of Education and the Department of Employment and Economic Development. "This new tool will inform our continuous improvement, accountability, research, evaluation and decision making," said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. Read press release on Office of Higher Education website.
$54 Million to Minnesota Schools!
Thanks to new education funding enacted by the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Dayton during the 2014 legislative session, Minnesota schools will receive an additional $54 million in new funding this school year. This new funding will benefit the state’s more than 840,000 students through increased student aid, early learning programs, nutritious breakfast and lunches, and other important measures. Read news release.
Summer Learning Opportunities!
Have you heard about summer learning loss? To keep Minnesota kids learning throughout summer, Metametrics (R) has teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Education to offer exciting and fun challenges to help students retain the math and reading skills they learned this past school year, while ramping up their skills for next fall. These programs are free, self-directed opportunties that parents and students can have fun with together. Visit our Summer Learning page for more.