Standardized Test Scores in the Northland Increase Slightly

Local Districts Beat Statewide Average

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The numbers are in for this year’s standardized tests throughout Minnesota. 

Statewide, districts experienced mixed results but local schools saw slight increases. 

While the results are wide spread, the Hermantown School District scored above state averages in all categories coming in 2nd to Esko in the Northland. 

It’s a 1 day test that’s used as a component to better students’ academic progress. 

So, how can schools do better and how are they going to get better?

“We see that our students are growing and that’s one of the most important things for us,” said Hermantown Superintendent, Kerry Juntunen. 

Curriculum within the classroom is key. 

Using these scores will help the district change its course of study for the upcoming year. 

“Seventy percent of what happens outside of school affects 100 percent of what goes on in school,” said Juntunen.

It all starts with building a great community. 

“You can establish great relationships with your children and their parents, you’re going to also then get the rigor and relevance that goes along with learning,” said Juntunen. 

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