Test Score Troubles in Minnesota Schools
It's a math problem with no easy answer in Minnesota. A state task force is in a rush to solve the equation before high school kids are kept from graduating.
Parents, teachers and administrators came from all over the state to Roseville to pour over possible solutions. It's a controversial topic because in 2014-2015 school year, math waivers expire and some students could be denied diplomas. That could devastate the graduation rate in Minnesota which is now at 76%. Waivers have helped thousands of seniors get their diplomas who otherwise wouldn't.
There are three requirements to graduate: complete course credits, meet academic standards and pass graduation exams. Including a math test in 11th grade. If a student failed, they can take the test 2 more times. If they still fail, they get a pass and can go on to graduate. A fact that fires up some parents. But with the state doing away with do-overs in two short years, the task force is search for Plan B.
Two options on the table: ACT/SAT exams or exams at the end of certain courses, when the material is fresh in a student's mind.