- Minnesota put forth a solid plan to build on a compelling vision for its K-12 education system, including ambitious goals to raise achievement and narrow achievement gaps.
- Minnesota also took a step in the right direction by including a strong weighting for the results of individual groups of students in its school rating system.
- The state should also be recognized for revising the vision for its department of education, placing a significant focus on equity and stakeholder engagement.
- The state will also go beyond the law’s minimum requirements to identify additional struggling schools. Moreover, the state provides detailed estimates of how many schools it would identify under its various identification rules, including the type of school (grade level and Title I versus non-Title I), the geographic region of the school, and, where relevant, the low-performing subgroup for which the school was identified.
- While Minnesota’s plan has a number of elements aiming to address equity gaps, its plan has a few places in need of further explanation.
- Given the state’s multiple identification rules, it should work to ensure school leaders and parents can understand why a school earns a particular rating and what it needs to do to demonstrate success.
- The state will be including higher-performing groups in the accountability system, what the state calls “counter groups,” such as students without disabilities and non-low-income students, which could lessen the impact of its focus on historically underserved groups of students.