Tim Post, MPR Education,
Nearly two-thirds of Minnesota schools are on track to lower achievement gaps in reading and math 50 percent by 2017, the Minnesota Department of Education said Tuesday.
That’s based on the latest round of accountability scores for all of Minnesota’s schools through the Multiple Measurements Ratings system. The system takes more than test scores into account and gives schools credit for student academic growth, even if those students aren’t considered proficient on state assessments.
Schools that score in the bottom 10 percent of the MMR are eligible for help from state education experts.
Minnesota’s education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says the majority of schools getting that assistance since 2011 have improved student scores.
“Schools have been working hard, they’re looking deep into their data, and they’re figuring out all of the barriers that have been in place for our students and finding ways to remove them,” she said.