The StarTribune published the 2008 Minnesota School Test Scores on their site last week, but it wasn’t in a format I found particularly valuable. Rather than alphabetical by school, hot about being able to sort by performance?
So I put that together in a spreadsheet, which can be found below, or at this link. Note that there are 4 tabs. The first combines all metro schools (Public, Private, and Charter). The other three provide the stats by type of corporation (not sure that’s the right term for it).
The results are currently sorted by math proficiency percentage. Controls to scroll left/right can be found at the bottom of the chart.
A few observations:
1. Edina was the top public school.
2. However, Katherine Kersten’s favorite charter school to hate ranked higher: Tarek Ibn Ziyad, Inver Grove Heights.
3. Delano ranked 4th among publics, which came as a surprise to me since I associate Delano with KQ’s Terri Traen.
4. I’m surprised how many students in Stillwater are enrolled in charter or private schools considering how good the public school is. Of course, privates and charters do well too.
5. Privates beat publics, but publics beat charters. I imagine that the students who end up in private schools come from above average families motivation-wise. But what’s the deal with charters (on average) underperforming publics?