Education Commissioner Cassellius talks about waiver and accountability

/ 20 March 2012 / jennifer

Joe Kimball, MinnPost, March 20, 2012 –

Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius will visit three schools this week in another round of her state-wide tour. She’ll discuss Minnesota’s approved waiver request and plans for a new accountability system in the public meetings.

The tour route:

Osseo – Osseo High School, Wednesday, March 21, 7 p.m.

Duluth – Duluth Denfeld High School, Thursday, March 22, 3:30 p.m.

Virginia – Virginia High School, Friday, March 23, 3:30 p.m.

Her take on waivers:

Central to Minnesota’s approved waiver is the move from a widely criticized system that uses a single high-stakes test to measure school performance to a system that uses multiple measurements of accountability … [And that] while measuring proficiency is absolutely essential in any accountability system, other data is needed to get a full picture of how a school is meeting the needs of students.

The new Minnesota proposal for accountability, the Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR), state officials say:

…measures performance in four key areas: proficiency in reading and math, student growth from year-to-year, higher levels of growth in groups of students that are farther behind, and progress in improving high school graduation rates. Schools that struggle to meet some or all of the goals will be given support to change the way they operate.