WCCO survey: COVID-era distance learning bulletin shows more students failing to grade – WCCO


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – We have a better idea of ​​how some Minnesota students did distance learning. WCCO investigation reveals COVID-19 transcript showing more students failing to achieve grade.

After two school years filled with historic challenges and changes related to a pandemic, we wanted to know what this meant for the grades of Minnesota students. From Minneapolis to Marshall, schools in South Washington County to Worthington, more than a dozen districts have given us their transcripts for the last three years of schooling, with the aim of assessing the performance of students in grades 6 through 12th grade.

In Minneapolis, there has been a dramatic drop in the number of Fs over the past two years and a common theme we’ve found statewide – the credit / no credit system being used as a way to protect. student surrogates.

The number of non-credits increased at Minneapolis colleges nearly 20 times from 2018 to the last academic year. In Minneapolis’ 35 high schools, the number has quadrupled.

The slide was also documented in Saint-Paul. More than 80% of the neighborhood’s students were visiting in 2018-2019. That figure has fallen to over 60% during the pandemic years – again, with a large number of students (around a third) not receiving credit for classes.

As the superintendent of Minnesota’s largest school district, David Law helped break down Anoka-Hennepin’s results.

“I would never design a school year like last year,” Law said.

In this district, nearly twice as many students failed a class last school year than in a typical year, and nearly a quarter of students in the district received an F, or grade. without note, without success.

“The percentage of children in distance learning who failed was significantly higher than children in blended learning,” Law said.

Perhaps Anoka-Hennepin’s biggest teachings were the preference for face-to-face teaching and the importance of school relationships based on student feedback.

“Distance learning was great for flexibility and pace, but it wasn’t the rigor that I needed to know to grow and know,” Law said. “That’s what happened. We’re not proud of it. We didn’t choose it. But we are committed to fixing it.

WCCO found that students also struggled in smaller school districts. In Duluth, we found more Ds. The F number dropped dramatically and fell into the success category.

However, Brainerd gave his college students more than four times as many Fs as in previous years.

In Marshall, twice as many students got D’s and F’s in grades 9 and 12.

In Worthington, we found four times the number of passing marks awarded in the last school year and a large number of non-credits.

The WCCO forwarded these findings to Minnesota Education Commissioner Dr. Heather Mueller.

“I know we’ve had a number of conversations with school leaders who have found the distance learning model for some students to be incredibly difficult,” she said.

Mueller is upholding the decision to allow districts to use the pass / no pass system during the pandemic. Where flexibility and fairness have become top priorities as part of the department’s do no harm philosophy.

“I think doing no harm is really recognizing that in the midst of this transition we also had families and communities that saw their jobs lose, see people out of work, recognize that there was a lot of stress beyond the education of our students. ,” she said.

This included internet access and other technical issues that the state said held students back. But even in the wealthiest neighborhoods, WCCO has spotted changes. Edina’s Ds fell from 2,400 to 59 and F from 663 to 40 in the past school year, as pass marks increased.

In Wayzata, the number of college failures more than doubled from 2.6 to 7%

Still, Mueller points out that the dollars spent this summer by the state will help children catch up.

“I trust our students, our families, as well as the school leaders and teachers in the classroom. I believe wholeheartedly, ”Mueller said.

Attention now turns to a new year with new results.

“We know it’s not easy. We were hoping it would be a more typical year than it looks. But we have a plan, which is in a very different place than the one we started last time around, ”Mueller said.


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