(AP) The number of kindergartens in the Twin Cities has reached its highest point since the mid-1990s, the latest data show.
The number of kindergarten classrooms grew by about 5% in 2016 to nearly 9,000, the Minnesota Department of Education reported Wednesday.
The state reported an additional 3,600 classrooms were added last year.
The number is the highest since 2008.
The increase is due to better-performing kindergarten students and more staff in classrooms.
The district’s goal is to keep its kindergartening numbers up through 2020.
The report card showed Minnesota’s kindergarten enrollment grew by 6.4% in 2015, the fifth-highest in the country.
The District of Columbia is the only other state to increase kindergarten enrollment by more than that.
More: Kindergartens are on the rise, and they are here to stay.
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