Education

BY ALICIA LEBENS THE GAZETTE   New legislative education rules are giving more access to parents and the community about student achievement goals, plans and progress at Stillwater Area Public Schools. Since the new education standards implemented by the state’s World’s Best Workforce legislation in 2013, school districts around the state were required to develop [...]

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BY ALICIA LEBENS THE GAZETTE Residents in the Stillwater Area School District might see a shock when their tax notice comes in November — the school board approved a 7.1 percent increase to the preliminary proposed 2014 property tax levy payable in 2015. However, the consensus of the school board was that the levy must [...]

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Board discharges a tenured teacher The Stillwater Area School Board passed a unanimous resolution to discharge a tenured teacher during its Sept. 11 meeting. Due to data privacy laws, the name of the teacher was not released. The district cannot share specifics about the situation, said Carissa Keister, communications officer for the school district, “Generally, [...]

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Celebrating its 10th year as a charter school, the St. Croix Preparatory Academy boasts the highest Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) scores compared to neighboring schools. In 2014, 79.7 percent of all St. Croix Prep students were “proficient” in the math MCA. In comparison, 71.3 percent of all Stillwater students were proficient in the math MCA, [...]

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by Alicia Lebens THE GAZETTE For more Stillwater Area High School students, top-level colleges are now in reach. Of the 539 students in the district who took the ACT, a national test that gauges how well-prepared students are for college, the average score was 24.5 — significantly higher than the state average of 22.9 and [...]

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Big changes are coming for Minnesota’s high school students, and meetings are scheduled throughout the state to discuss them. That’s good because the changes are controversial. Minnesota has passed some education reform laws, like Postsecondary Enrollment Options, that have worked out well. We’ve adopted others, like the Profile of Learning graduation requirements that were disappointing [...]

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