Number of Snow Days Worries Rural Minn. Districts Over Testing

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

It was a tough winter across the state, and for many rural Minnesota school districts that resulted in lots of weather cancellations.

The words "snow day" may be one of the sweetest combinations any student can hear, but they cause major headaches for school administrators. During this year's tough winter, many rural Minnesota school districts repeatedly cancelled school.

Now some school officials worry that all those closures could hurt student scores on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests in April and May. That's particularly the case for school administrators in rural western Minnesota, whose districts -- like many in Minnesota -- cover hundreds of square miles.

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