MPR’s Tom Weber has this piece on improvement in Minnesota’s already fairly high ACT scores.
Education Commissioner Alice Seagren told Weber the cause of the increase might be that schools and teachers are doing a better job of getting students into the right courses to make them college-ready.
“It’s not just about taking three years of math because you could be taking some general mathematics,” Seagren said. “But if you’re taking a strong algebra course, geometry and some trig, you’re going to be more successful — not only in your tests but when you leave high school.”
Tom has also told me that Seagren is encouraged that the share of minority test-takers — African American, American Indian, Hispanic and Asian American — has grown by 30 percent since 2006.
That said, it’s still a small number: 13 percent.