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Rochester Public Schools ACT Results Are Released
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Rochester Public Schools ACT Results Are Released

Rochester Public Schools ACT Results Are Released

Rochester, MN - The Minnesota Department of Education has released the results of the ACT-tested graduates for the graduating class of 2018. Minnesota students again topped the nation on the ACT college entrance exam, among the 19 states where 90 percent or more students took the college entrance exam, earning a composite score of 21.3. At Rochester Public Schools (RPS), the average composite score exceeds the state average, with a 22.3 score. This is a slight increase from 2017.

 Here’s a look at the graduating class of 2018’s ACT results:

  • In the area of English, 63% of RPS students met or exceeded the ACT Benchmark Score of 18, compared to the state of Minnesota’s average of 60%. A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher, or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding credit-bearing college courses.
  • In the area of math, 52% of RPS students taking the ACT met or exceeded the benchmark score, compared to the state average of 47%. The ACT benchmark for mathematics is 22.
  • In the area of reading, RPS exceeded the state average by 7%, with 55% of RPS students meeting the benchmark score of 22.
  • In the area of science, 47% of RPS students taking the ACT met or exceeded the benchmark score, compared with the state average of 42%. The ACT benchmark for science is 23.

The ACT data is a measurement of college and career readiness. It measures whether students are meeting college and career benchmarks. “The data gives us a good look at how we are preparing students for college and career readiness,” said Superintendent Munoz. “We also use the ACT data trends beginning in Kindergarten, as we are committed to college and career preparedness for all of our students.”


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Facilities Task Force

Update from November 13, 2018

Approval of Facility Recommendations by the Facilities Task Force - Briefing

Superintendent Muñoz, Kevin Holm, district facilities consultant, and task force
 co-chairs Marlys Carney and Mark Kuisle briefed the school board on November 13, 2018.

see the BoardDoc with the presentation as well as results from the Citizen Voice feedback, click here.

There was a robust discussion regarding the options and no decisions were
 made during the board meeting.

The school board gave direction to the task force to prepare a version of option 2 to review during the next school board meeting which is on November 27, 2018.


  • We anticipate the school board will take action at November 27 meeting or if not then, the first December school board meeting.
  • The board will be voting (taking action) on which option(s) will be placed on a community survey. The questions for the survey will be developed in November/ December.
  • We will be adding one more feedback meeting to the calendar – date TBD – and this will be a question and answer session open to the public.
  • The survey is something that will be mailed to all residents in the district and is administered by School Perceptions, a scientific study.
  • The survey will be completed by our community in January. The intent of this is to help gauge the community’s interest in a referendum and at what cost.
  • Survey results will be presented to the school board in February.



National Merit Semifinalists Announced


Nineteen Rochester Public Schools Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists 

Rochester, MN The National Merit Scholarship Program announced last week that 283 students from Minnesota have been named semifinalists for 2019. Nineteen of those students are from Rochester Public Schools. The Minnesota seniors are among about 16,000 semifinalists named as part of the annual academic competition. The students, who were selected based on scores on a PSAT qualifying test, will compete for some 7,500 scholarships worth more than $31 million, to be awarded this spring. 

The complete list of semifinalists is below: 


Brooks Boie 

Anjali Goradia 

Helen Jiayi Jin-Lee 

Michelle Mai 

Jared Nathan 

Grace Odell 

Nathan Schatz 

Breanna Shen 

Tracy Zhang 


Luke Sztajnkrycer 


Isabella Dunbar 

Yuxuan Geng 

Ardaas Kanwar 

Sandhya Kumar 

Claire McLellan-Cassivi 

Ingrid Wilder 

Katherine Williamson 

William Yang 

Marcus Yao 


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The school board approved the 2018-2019 calendar with a pre Labor Day start for District schools. See the highlights below:

• First day of school – August 27, 2018

• Last day of school – May 31, 2019

• Graduation – May 25, 2019

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