Updated: 08/27/2013 4:50 PM
Created: 08/27/2013 9:45 AM WDIO.com
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's students saw a slight setback in standardized test scores in math this year, made small gains on the science test and struggled with a new reading test.
The Department of Education is releasing results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests on Tuesday. The tests help determine whether a student is eligible to graduate.
On reading tests, just a little more than half of third through eighth and 10th grade students met or exceeded state expectations. The Department of Education attributes that to the new reading test implemented this year, which the agency says is more rigorous and meant to boost student achievement.
The department says the drop in math scores is because students in 2012 were allowed three chances on the math test, but only one try in 2013.
Among larger districts in the Northland, Hibbing and Virginia students fared the best with above-average scores on all three tests. Students in the Duluth, Grand Rapids, International Falls, and St. Louis County districts scored below the state average on all three tests.
The Duluth School District said six of its schools scored above the state averages in reading and science, while four scored above the average in math. Ten Duluth schools made gains in math compared with 2012 scores.
Laura MacArthur Elementary, a state Priority school, was among those making gains in math. "The school has done a lot of work tracking student progress throughout the year and adjusting strategies based on the data," said Assistant Superintendent Ed Crawford in a prepared statement.
Lincoln Park Middle School and Piedmont Elementary, state Focus schools, also posted higher math scores.
Results for districts and individual schools can be found at http://w20.education.state.mn.us/MDEAnalytics/Reports.jsp.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Funeral Set for Slain Minnesota Police Officer, Duluth Officers to Attend
A funeral will be held next week for slain Mendota Heights police Officer Scott Patrick. Services for Patrick will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in West St. Paul. Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday from 2-8 p.m.
Complaint: Fitch Told Officer, 'I Hate Cops and I'm Guilty'
The man charged with killing a Mendota Heights police officer and attempting to kill other officers was shot eight times by police and is due to undergo abdominal surgery.
Duluth Police Seek Tips to Find Missing Woman
The Duluth Police Department is seeking tips from the public to locate a woman who has been missing for more than a week. Kathryn Mary McQuillen, 60, was last seen at Lakeside Manor, 4831 London Road.
Duluth Couples Celebrate Gay Marriage Anniversary
Friday marked one year of same-sex marriage being legalized in Minnesota, and many Duluth couples say it's reason for celebration.
Community Rallies for a Fundraiser to Fight Cancer
When a family member is diagnosed with cancer, it can often be an emotional roller coaster, and on top of that comes the financial challenges. To ease that, members of the Duluth community have rallied together to raise money for Merissa Edwards and her fight against Leukemia.