We're in the middle of assessment testing season for schools in Minnesota. And if that doesn't make students and teachers nervous enough, glitches over the past couple of weeks have caused problems with some online testing. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's education reporter Tim Post, who reported yesterday that a number of school districts have had problems with online assessment tests.
The Minnesota Department of Education is working to clear up a number of problems with online assessment testing after dozens of Minnesota school districts have encountered glitches when trying to administer the tests online in recent weeks.
Troubles with administering the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests in schools have been going on for a week. Some state education officials some fear the testing delays might hurt student test scores.
For students and teachers in Minnesota, this time of year is all about testing. The reading, writing, math and science tests tell state and federal officials how students and schools are performing. Some educators are saying it's time to reevaluate the tests Minnesota students undergo.
Two Hopkins high school students face misdemeanor charges stemming from a confrontation with school administrators that police say turned physical, after the students, who are African-American, were protesting the school's handling of an incident where they say several white students mocked African American culture.
It was a tough winter across the state and for many rural Minnesota school districts that has resulted in numerous weather cancellations. While "snow day" may be one of the sweetest phrases any student can hear, they are a major headache for school administrators. Some school officials are worried that this winter's closures could end up hurting student scores on standardized testing this spring.
Minnesota lawmakers will consider a measure next week to fund the state's teacher evaluation system.
Minneapolis school district officials say they're pleased with an increase in the district's four-year graduation rate, but that overall rates are still too low.
More than two years after Minnesota lawmakers created easier ways for people to get into the teaching profession, the state is still waiting to license a single teacher under the effort. The problem: no organizations have applied for approval to start training under the alternative teacher licensure effort. That frustrates some people who see the program as a path into the classroom for teachers who are licensed in other states or professionals who want to switch careers.
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.
Students at New Prague Middle School were evacuated for about an hour Thursday morning after several staff members received a bomb threat via email.
Wednesday's incident at New Prague Middle School was just a hoax, but it offers a glimpse at how Minnesota schools are prepared to react to dangerous situations.
Minnesota lawmakers are considering beefing up the state's anti-bullying law, and for the most part, school administrators applaud the effort. But as with so many pieces of legislation, there's concern over the cost.
The state is one of the first four taking part in GradNation, an initiative of America's Promise Alliance, a group founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
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An independent report on the University of Minnesota's administrative structure finds some departments could be made more efficient by increasing the employee to supervisor ratio.