Libraries Parks

Management Analysis

Student Assessment Tests

Why this is important
It is vital that students are adequately prepared for post-high school education and acquire knowledge and skills needed to join a workforce. There is increased pressure to fill the workforce as baby-boom era workers are expected to retire in large numbers in the course of the next decade. In particular, reading skills are necessary for life-long learning in all fields and math skills are necessary due to the increasing reliance on technology.

About this measure
It is vital that students are adequately prepared for post-high school education and acquire knowledge and skills needed to join a workforce. There is increased pressure to fill the workforce as baby-boom era workers are expected to retire in large numbers in the course of the next decade. In particular, reading skills are necessary for life-long learning in all fields and math skills are necessary due to the increasing reliance on technology.

Notes: Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is often a predictor for future academic and life success. Through third grade most students are learning to read, but in fourth grade they begin "reading to learn" -- to gain information and think critically in all other subject areas. About three-fourths of students who are poor readers in third grade will remain poor readers in high school. Student with limited reading skills are also more likely to exhibit behavioral problems, repeat a grade, and eventually drop out of school.

The ability to perform higher math skills is becoming increasingly important in the technology-driven world we live in today. Proficiency in 11th grade math measures whether schools are doing a good job of equipping students with the math skills they need to succeed in today's global economy.

What the data show
Math ScoresStudents attending school in Dakota County outpaced students in the Twin Cities metropolitan area for 3rd grade reading and 11th grade math from 2006 through 2012. The percent of students who achieved and exceeded the 3rd grade reading standard and 11th grade math standard has consistently been higher compared to the Twin Cities area.

Students in 11th grade in Dakota County showed overall improvement in math scores from 2006 to 2012. The number of 11th grade students who achieved and exceeded the math standard peaked in 2011 at 57% and decreased to 48% in 2012. At the same time, 3rd grade reading scores showed a slight decrease overall.  However, the results improved slightly in 2009 and again in 2012. 

In 2012, comparing individual Twin Cities metropolitan-area counties, the percentage of 3rd grade students achieving the reading standard in Dakota County schools was 85% compared to Carver County (87%) and Washington County (84%).

In 2010, Math scores for students in Dakota County schools (48%) were close to the two leading counties: Washington (54%) and Carver (55%). For more information see http://www.mncompass.org.

 

Last updated: 4/11/2013 4:37 AM