2020 Legislature Could See Addressing Low School Test Scores As Major Issue Next Session

(WNAX) — The 2019 report card for South Dakota schools shows, overall, fifty four percent of students in grades three through eight and high school juniors were proficient in reading and writing, forty seven percent were proficient in math and only forty percent made the grade in science. Senator Jim Bolin of Canton says student performance depends on much more than just school hours…

“The results in schools are not always dependent totally on schools because there’s so many other factors that enter into student success other than what is…just goes on in the class room. I mean there’s so many different home pressures and social pressures and the…I think you can say the alienation of many youth from the social institutions in our society.”

Bolin says schools and teachers have a limited impact on students…

“The schools have to continue to work hard and very diligently to produce good results, but schools can only do so much when there are so many other factors that enter into the equation as to how students learn and how students…well what their thoughts are about education.”

Bolin, a member of the Education Committee and a former teacher, says parents and the community have to be more involved…

“See, another thing you have to keep in mind; there will be many people who are going to be…will be…will be as concerned or more concerned about how the football team does on Friday than how; what’s going on in the…in the classroom and that’s…that’s reality.”

Bolin says the report card will be a major issue for the 2020 legislature.