From Minnesota, ranked 2nd in the science and engineering readiness index, gloom over K-12 science progress

Minnesota may be ranked 2nd in the Science and Engineering Readiness Index (SERI) (linked here at the Huffington Post), but that doesn’t mean Minnesotans are happy with the progress their students are making in that subject.

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

State Science Scores Fall Flat

Minnesota students still don’t get science.

Results of statewide exams released Friday show that fewer than half of those tested at three grade levels were proficient, prompting Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius to say the teaching of science must be approached with a new sense of urgency.

“We know in the future that kids are going to need more science,” Cassellius said. “Our economic interest in Minnesota is in science and technology. We have a number of research companies here that rely on having a workforce that is competent in science and math and engineering. They want to keep the jobs here in Minnesota, and we do, too.”

Some wonder whether schools and students are taking science seriously enough, partly because passing the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) II science test isn’t a requirement for graduation. In addition, failing to meet science test goals doesn’t carry penalties for schools and districts.

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