New statewide test results show students across Minnesota have seen no real improvement in math and reading scores.
It's the third year of stagnant test results, and Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says she's disappointed by the slow progress.
In Rochester, MCA results show students are below statewide proficiency in reading, math and science.
In reading, the scores for all students went down two tenths of a percent to 59.6 percent. In overall math proficiency, scores dropped from 58.7 percent in 2015 to 55.6 percent in 2016. Science scores saw an increase of half a percent. In science, the district is performing at 4.1 percent below statewide proficiency.
RPS Superintendent Michael Muñoz released a statement about the scores, saying, "These results are not reflective of the excellence and the effort of our teachers and students. We will work with buildings to go over the assessment data to determine areas where we can improve."
The results statewide results also indicate schools in Minnesota have made virtually no progress in closing the achievement gap. In the 2015-2016 school year, black students failed math and reading tests at twice the rate of white students.
Cassellius says schools can't close the gap alone. She says factors that affect students outside of school must be addressed to improve children's chances for success. She says that includes ensuring families have access to high-quality childcare and early education, stable housing, fair wages and health care.