Do Asians tend to be smarter than any other race or is it just a misconception? It would be extremely hard to prove that theory that some races are genetically smarter than the others in the State of Minnesota where only 3.8% of the population in Minnesota is Asian, 4.7% is Black, and 4.3% is Hispanic; where else Caucasians is at a whopping 84.8%. According to study, Minnesota Asian students are way below the national average in NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) score. The high percentage of Hmong refugees living in poverty might contribute to the low NAEP score. About 27% of Asians living in Minnesota is Hmong, 12% is Vietnamese, 7% is Laotian, 4% is Cambodian, 11% is Chinese from Mainland China, 12% is Asian India, 9% is Korean, and 6% is Filipino. The percentage of Taiwanese living in Minnesota is too insignificant to be documented.
Why such a low percentage of Asians living in Minnesota? I thought that the weather is a huge contributing factor. However, my husband thought that the low NAEP score might be the reason. So, I did a research to find out how low our NAEP score stands among the nation. Judging from the results of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, Minnesota eighth graders ranked second in the nation, trailing first-place Massachusetts by 5 points, 294 to 299, and fourth graders came in third, trailing Massachusetts and New Hampshire by 2 points and 1 point, respectively. As for reading, eighth grade reading scores stayed at 270, eight points above the national average of 262, trailing behind three states; while fourth grade scores stayed at 223, three points above the national average of 220, trailing behind six states. I thought that these are quite impressive results. I argued with my husband on his statement. It turns out that my husband meant the ranking of Minnesota high schools in the Nation. Oh well, they aren’t among the top 100 best high schools. According to US News & World Report, Minnesota ranked 31st out of 47 States and only 13 Minnesota high schools received a silver medalist, ranking among the top 2 percent of high schools in the nation. I was extremely surprised to learn that our high school in one of the best school districts isn’t one of them. I always question the criteria of those rankings. Out of the 13 Minnesota high schools, only 2 are from the best school districts in Minnesota and the other 11 high schools are in school districts which we have never heard of. That is quite odd. Anyway, if you are interested in the data, these are the links. http://www.parentsunited.org/09120914.html http://education.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/sections/education/high-schools/