Minnesota students' low math, reading test scores offer glimpse of pandemic challenges
New state data provides the first substantive look at how the pandemic disrupted learning
August 26, 2022
Fewer than half of Minnesota students are proficient in math, as measured by statewide test scores released this week, and the growth of their reading skills has also lagged as schools navigated the tumultuous years of the pandemic.
The results provide the most substantive look so far of the toll on public school students - but they come with the caveat that participation in the standardized tests still lags pre-pandemic levels, muddying comparisons from year to year.
Overall, about 7% of students did not take the tests this year, but the participation rate varied by grade level and student group. Before the pandemic, about 2-3% of the state's students didn't take the annual assessments.