Ashby sets an example for schools [UPDATED]Published 9:33am Friday, August 2, 2013 Updated 11:46am Friday, August 2, 2013
Education group MinnCAN announced recently that Ashby Secondary School was ranked first in the state last year for middle school proficiency gains based on results from Minnesota’s standardized tests. We congratulate the staff and students of Ashby Secondary School and hope other area schools will take notice of what the district is doing to achieve these great results.
Ashby eighth-graders’ scores jumped 43 percent between the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years. Principal Shane Tappe credits the school’s philosophy of focusing on smaller class sizes and the use of technology in education. Ashby students work with new technology including iPads, netbooks and laptops at every level of education, and now the school is seeing results.
We hope this sets an example for surrounding communities. Students can excel when the proper tools are in place, and it is important for any community to have a strong school system. It is up to school districts, and ultimately taxpayers, to ensure students have what they need to succeed. While nobody ever wants to pay another tax, this is something to consider the next time you have the opportunity to vote on funding for school resources.
We congratulate the Ashby School District and community for this achievement. We can say what we want about funding and technology, but success in education always comes down to teachers who care and students who work hard.