Pandemic Pain: Local School Districts See Drop in Test Scores
The COVID-19 pandemic proved painful for Minnesota students. Test score data released this week by the Minnesota Department of Education show a dip in students meeting state standards for math, reading and science.
Math scores showed the biggest drop among the school subjects tested. Statewide, the percentage of students meeting math standards fell from 55.0 percent to 44.8 percent between 2019 and 2022. The first recorded case of COVID-19 was in 2020 when schools shifted to remote learning. Outbreaks in the fall of 2021 and into 2022 continued learning disruptions.
In the Robbinsdale School District, there was a 10 percentage point drop for students meeting math standards compared to pre-pandemic levels. The decline went from 35.2 percent to 25.5 percent. For the Osseo School District, it was about an eight percentage point drop, from 49.3 percent to 41.7 percent. The Wayzata School District also saw a slight drop from 79.1 percent to 77.8 percent.
For reading, test scores statewide dropped from 59.2 percent of students meeting standards in 2019 to 51.1 percent in 2022. Science test scores declined statewide from 50.7 percent in 2019 to 41.3 percent this year.
To see data for individual schools, click on the state Department of Education website.