Good news for Minnesota students and educators: you're tops when it comes to the third 'R'.
In Minnesota, the average score was 249 (out of 500) for fourth-graders and 294 for eighth-graders. Both of those scores rank the state near the top, well ahead of the national average in each grade. Fourth-graders ranked third, behind Massachusetts (252) and New Hampshire (251). Eighth graders ranked second, behind only Massachusetts (299).
MPR's Tom Weber passes along a link to a set of sample questions for this year's test. The default set is 4th grade, but there's another tab for 8th grade if you want a challenge to go along with your coffee break.
Don't be shy, post your scores in the comments.(8 Comments)
Posted at 10:32 AM on October 14, 2009
by Than Tibbetts
After nearly 50 years of music, knowledgeable fans of Bob Dylan should be used the occasional odd album. But a Dylan Christmas album? That sounds like a gigantic internet hoax.
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Dylan Does Christmas Christmas in the Heart be on your Victrola this holiday season?
Folks listening to Morning Edition chimed in over our text message short code (677677) were, for the most part, not impressed.
Shaun from Moorhead: "I was just telling a friend i love anything he does, but WOW i've changed my mind. He sounded drunk!"
Matt in Woodbury: "Dylan sounds like a dying walrus that got kicked out of his boys' choir. This album is worse than snow in October."
Micah from Minneapolis: "The new Dylan record is weird. But when an artist with Dylan's prowess releases something like this I assume it is a genuine artistic statement from the heart."
Gerard in Minneapolis: "I just turned on the radio and you were playing snippets of some holiday songs. I wondered to myself why Harvey Fierstein had made a Christmas recording."
Unknown: "Well, it's not Frank or Ella, but Bob shows heart. This album is a homage to Bob's childhood memories of late night, faraway radio broadcasts."
Greg from Duluth: "Dylan's Xmas album is like listening to something your sweet, but tone deaf, child does in elementary school. You love it because you love him, but c'mon, it's TERRIBLE!"(9 Comments)