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Students in Cannon Falls schools overcame the hardships of the pandemic to post test scores that surpassed the state average and topped scores of all but a couple schools in the region.

“Cannon Falls is performing above state average in the three areas,” Steven Strauss said in his presentation to the school board Oct. 11. Those three areas are reading, math and science.

The tests, as they did across the state and nation, dipped from the last time they were taken in 2019. The most current test was administered in spring 2021.

“The last couple of years have been tough on the students,” Strauss said. “Kudos to the kids, compared to the state, we had great scores.”

Cannon Falls is not alone in showing slippage from previous year results.

“Impact from previous school years has been felt throughout the state and country,” Strauss said.

Teachers have developed new learning models for students who sometimes were learning remotely during the pandemic.

A graphic compared Cannon Falls to the state average and to six similar size schools in the region -- Randolph, Hastings Red Wing, Goodhue, Kenyon-Wanamingo and Northfield.

In reading and math, the graphic shows Northfield scored higher than Cannon Falls. In science it was Goodhue and Northfield with higher average scores.

The tests are given to students in third through eighth grades. The reading tests are given to 10th graders, and the math tests are given to 11th graders. The science test is only taken in the fifth, eighth and 10th grades.

By giving the tests every year to elementary students, administrators can track how a class progresses or digresses from year to year.

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