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Statewide testing shows little change in student scores

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Arianna Atemkeng, right, read to fellow student Noelle Bouwens at Cornerstone Montessori School in St. Paul, Minn. Thursday, June 18, 2015. The legislature passed an education bill that provides $100 million in funding for early learning programs, including scholarships for Cornerstone Montessori families.
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Results are out today from this year's Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments. The statewide reading, writing and math tests are the main tool used to determine how Minnesota students are performing. They also offer a look at whether the state is closing the achievement gap — the gap in scores between Minnesota's white students and students of color.

  Testing this spring was plagued by problems with the online exams, leading state officials to halt the exams until those problems were resolved. Along with Thursday's results, the Minnesota Department of Education will also release a third-party report on whether this year's scores are valid.

  Minnesota's Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius joins Tom Weber to talk about the test results — and more general issues around testing in Minnesota schools.