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Duluth Public School District Discusses Student Achievements at Annual Report Meeting

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: November 19, 2019 10:44 PM

The Duluth Public School District met Tuesday at the Historic Old Central High School to go over how the school did in academic growth and overall district goals.

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They did this by going over the 2019 annual report, which covered how Duluth Public Schools support student achievement.

The 2018-2019 school year for Duluth Public Schools had a lot of accomplishments to recognize. Reading and math proficiency were above state average, students outperformed national averages for the ACT, and the four year on-time graduation rate increased.

The five measurable goals set by the state of Minnesota and World's Best Workforce legislation include being kindergarten ready, reading well by third grade, closing the achievement gap, increasing the four year on-time graduation rate, and students being college and career ready.

“We have areas that we've made a lot of continuous growth over time and we have areas that we still need to work on,” said Superintendent Bill Gronseth.

Areas to work on include reducing the number of frequent absences. It averages about 37 percent in Duluth schools.

“We are going to continue to work on attendance with our families and making sure that they understand how important it is for our students to be in school every day,” said Gronseth.

Areas of focus this school year also include removing barriers for student success and connecting families with academic, social and health services to make sure they achieve their goals.

“There's lots of different examples of how our full service community schools at Myers-Wilkins, Lincoln Park, and Denfeld are working to meet the needs of the students and families in those areas,” said Rosie Loeffler-Kemp, the Duluth School Board chair.

Another issue they plan on tackling is disproportionate suspension rates.

"Reducing the use of out of school suspension as a behavioral consequence. We saw a 21 percent decrease in the days of suspension used in the district. That's an area that we will continue to work on,” said Gronseth.

School district officials said they will start addressing the issues by focusing on the needs of every student. District officials said almost 80 percent of general fund dollars go toward student support.

“One of our goals as a district is around safe and welcoming schools for all,” said Loeffler-Kemp.

To watch the annual report video, click here.

To read the 2019 annual report, click here.

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