Nearly two-thirds of Minnesota schools are on track to reduce achievement gaps between white students and students of color in reading and math by 50-percent by 2017. That’s according to the latest numbers released by the state Department of Education. The 2015 Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) evaluate schools’ performances in student proficiency on state exams, student growth, reduction of the achievement gap and increased graduation rates for high schools. In reading 43-percent of schools met their targets in every non-white student group for this year. And in math, 41-percent of schools met their targets.
State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius told Minnesota News Network that schools have what they need to improve.
“They’re working with their communities, they’ve gotten additional resources out of the legislature this last year and in 2013, so we hope that schools are well on their way to looking at their data, taking that and really paying attention to the kids who have historically underachieved.”
Governor Dayton has made it a priority to increase education funding.