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By Lois E Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Enrollment in Barnum is dropping

District is gaining more students through open enrollment

 

November 1, 2018



The enrollment at the Barnum Schools is dropping.

Superintendent Dave Bottem reported at recent school board meeting that the families aren’t moving out of the school district, there are just less kids.

Enrollment numbers for the past three years are as follows:

2015-2016: The school year ended with 796 students in both the elementary school and high school.

2016-2017: The school year ended with 773 students in both the elementary school and high school.

2017-2018: The school year ended with 759 students in both the elementary school and high school.

2018-2019: The school year began with 707 students in both the elementary school and high school.

However, more students from other school districts attend Barnum under open enrollment than leave Barnum to attend other schools. There are three high school students that learn online, according to the statistics submitted by Supt. Bottem.

Twenty-six Barnum school students attend school in Moose Lake but 97 students from the Moose Lake School District attend school in Barnum.

Twenty-nine students from Barnum attend school in Cloquet, and 15 students from Cloquet attend school in Barnum.

Twenty-one students from Carlton attend school in Barnum, and 15 Barnum students attend school in Carlton.

One or two students from other area school districts attend school in Barnum, while a small number of Barnum residents attend school in other school districts.

There are 19 home school students each in the elementary and high school, it was reported.

The numbers add up to 156 Barnum residents that are enrolled in other schools or home schooled, and 176 students from other school districts that attend school in Barnum.

The MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) test scores in Barnum exceeded the state average in most grades in 2018.

The reading scores in elementary far exceeded the state average. Barnum’s average for third grade was 73.30 percent compared to the state average of 55.70 percent.

For sixth grade, the test score for reading was 83.30 percent, compared to the state average of 64.50 percent.

For tenth grade, the test score was 64.90 percent, compared to the state average of 59.00 percent.

The math MCA test scores also far exceeded the state average.

For grade three, the Barnum students earned a score of 95.60 percent, compared to the state average of 66.45 percent.

In grade six, the Barnum students earned a score of 66.70 percent, compared to a state average of 53.60 percent.

There was no test score available for tenth grade but the score for eleventh grade, at 35.70 percent, was below the state average of 47.10 percent.

The test scores for Barnum students in fifth grade was 79.20 percent, compared to the state average of 58.10 percent.

However, the average test score for grade eight, at 41.70 percent, was below the state average of 44.70 percent.

This information can be found on the Barnum school’s website, isd91.org.

The 2017 test scores for math and reading for grades three, four, five and six far exceeded the state average in every grade, as were Barnum’s test scores for science in grade five, the only grade where that information was available.

However, the ACT test scores taken by seniors who plan to attend college fell below the state average in the last five years.

The composite scores are as follows:

2014 - 22.3 percent, State average – 22.9

2015 – 22.3 percent, State average – 22.7

2016 – 20.4 percent, State average – 18.5

2017 – 18.5 percent, State average – 21.5

2018 – 20.9 percent, State average – 21.3

 

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