Number of Students Meeting or Exceeding Standards Declines in 2021

The number of students meeting or exceeding grade level standards has declined compared to a less than stellar 2021, according to statewide assessment data released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Education.

This year’s data shows that statewide, less than half of students are proficient in math and reading: the math achievement rate was 41.72%, while the reading achievement rate was 48.63%.

In 2021, 44% of students were proficient at math and 53% at reading.

In the Blue Earth Area School District 33.65% of students were proficient in math and 42.21% of students were proficient in reading.  At United South Central, their proficiency was 48.77% in math and 50% in reading, while students at Maple River were 53.76% in math and 57.84% in reading.

MDE announced Thursday it is expanding its COMPASS program, which is the state’s support system for schools to meet demand for enhances teaching and learning resources.

This year, COMPASS will serve 371 public schools including 15 entire school districts.  Those schools will receive support and training from MDE and the Regional Centers of Excellence over the next three years.