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During the 2022-23 school year, Minnesota had 75 schools that had a 0% proficiency rate in math, according to a spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Education.
Statewide, 1,810 schools recorded valid math assessments, and about 4.1% of those reported 0% proficiency in math, Kevin Burns, the department’s communications director, told MinnPost.
Burns noted that 57 of the 75 schools were non-traditional programs, such as area learning centers, care and treatment facilities, and special education programs, which have smaller enrollments and serve students “experiencing multiple barriers to academic success.”
In the 2021-22 school year, Minnesota also had more than a dozen schools with a 0% proficiency rate in math, according to publicly available data from the state education department. Overall, 44.6% of all students tested on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scored proficient in mathematics. Students in the Minneapolis Public Schools had a proficiency rate of 32.9% on the MCA.
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Jayne Williamson-Lee is a freelance science journalist who is part of MinnPost’s fact briefs team.