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Testing results for reading, math released

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester Public School administrators are getting an idea of how students performed last school year, just in time to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Superintendent Michael Muñoz says, "You know this is definitely information that as we continue in our strategic planning process we will take this data and those that are developing actions and strategic goals will look at this information as we move forward."

Nearly six percent of students in Rochester Public Schools showed increased proficiency in math; statewide about five percent of students showed an improvement.

In the reading category Rochester's numbers were unchanged. Statewide there was an increase of nearly one percent.

Rochester Public Library Children's Programming Coordinator, Vicki Ernster says for parents looking to make reading a routine before school starts, it doesn't take as much time as you might think. She suggests just 20 minutes a day.

Ernster says, "And it doesn't have to be all at one time. You can read before dinner, you can read before bedtime, you can have somebody read out loud in the car."

And if you want your kids to read, consider reading yourself.

Ernster explains, "Children model behavior of adults and if adults are reading and enjoying books and magazines, children will too."

Despite the unchanged proficiency in reading, Muñoz says it's too early to really tell where the students are at.

Munoz says, "I think people need to be careful not to put all the eggs in one basket on these scores. These are a one-shot view, given over a couple of days. It would be like the school board evaluating me on one day, maybe at one board meeting and judging how I did for the entire year on just a quick snapshot."

More numbers are set to be released at the end of this month. Those are numbers that will give a picture of student growth over time, rather than that snapshot Mr. Muñoz mentioned. 

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