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Our View: Area schools excel at writing

Congratulations are in order to all of the public high schools in Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor for having a passing rate above the state average on the Minnesota Basic Standards Writing Test.

Congratulations are in order to all of the public high schools in Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor for having a passing rate above the state average on the Minnesota Basic Standards Writing Test.
This year, the state average passing rate was 86 percent. Within Duluth and its immediate suburbs, East led the way with 95 percent passing. Following in order were Hermantown, with 91 percent passing, Proctor with 90 percent passing, Denfeld 88 percent and Central 87 percent. In northeastern Minnesota, only Cook was higher than East.
The state standardized tests include the three Rs: readin', 'ritin,' and 'rithmetic.
Except for Hermantown, the Duluth area schools have not done as well overall compared to statewide averages for reading and math. However, the superlative performance on the writing test suggests that the potential and the wherewithal exists to exceed the state passing average on the other portions of the test.
Be that as it may, today we salute both area faculty and students for the outstanding writing results.

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