Board members were told that student achievement as measured by the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments did not indicate a strong recovery after the COVID pandemic, as was expected.
- Students took a small step backwards in reading, with the proficiency rate declining from 42 to 41 percent.
- Math assessments were slightly better, but again were far behind the state averages. The proficiency rate increased from 33 to 35 percent
- Spanish speaking learners took a significant drop in reading assessments. The proficiency rate declined from 14 to 11 percent.
- The assessments followed a statewide trend but lagged behind the state figures by a considerable amount. The statewide reading proficiency rate was 50 percent, and the statewide math proficiency rate was 45 percent.
The board pre-certified the proposed maximum levy for the district. The board will take a final vote on the levy in December, following a public hearing.
- They are setting the levy to the maximum amount allowed by the state, which is $237,077,080.15.
In the public comment section of the meeting, the board heard from several parents about student safety problems at Emerson Elementary Dual Language School. One parent said there had been numerous fights within the first six days of school.