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Challenging schools should provide the support needed for all to graduate

“Minnesota’s failure to graduate its high school students of color is among the worst in the nation.” Education officials, the story goes, often explain Minnesota’s gaps by highlighting the rigor of our schools. However, this does not explain why the “attendance, behavior and course failure” problems that often lead to students dropping out, are happening disproportionately […]

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High School Graduation Rates Mark Another Record High

Jim Hull, National School Board Association’s Center for Public Education, June 3, 2015   With more than 81 percent of students graduating within four years of entering high school, the Class of 2013 achieved the highest on-time graduation rate in U.S. history, according to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report. After graduation rates languished in […]

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Park Center High in Brooklyn Park making progress toward closing achievement gap

Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, June 2, 2015 Changing its teaching practices helps Park Center narrow achievement gap.  In a state plagued by the achievement gap between students of color and white students, Park Center High has been closing it on one critical measure: graduation rates. Race was a sensitive, uncomfortable subject that educator Bart Becker […]

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Minnesota graduation rates are up, but 2020 goal will be a steep climb

Alejandro Matos and Jessica Less , Star Tribune, February 25, 2015  Steady gains for struggling metropolitan school districts and significant improvement among students of color were reported. Minnesota high school graduation rates edged up last year, with steady gains in struggling metropolitan districts and significant improvement among students of color. More than 81 percent of public […]

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Report: US high school graduation rate at 80 percent; more progress needed to meet 90 percent

Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press (Star Tribune), April 28, 2014 – U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma. Citing the progress, researchers are projecting a 90 percent national graduation rate by 2020. Their report, based on Education […]

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Minnesota Aims to Ratchet Down Achievement Gap

Michele McNeil, Education Week, February 21, 2014 – As some states use their No Child Left Behind Act waivers to try to move far away from certain aspects of the law, Minnesota is doing the opposite when it comes to accountability—and with early, promising results. The state is eschewing popular education policy trends such as A-F […]

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Minnesota graduation rate rose in 2013

Kim McGuire and Steve Brandt, Star Tribune, February 20, 2014 – The graduation rate for Minnesota students is the highest it’s been in a decade, even though many minority students continue to lag behind their white peers when it comes to getting a diploma on time, new state data show. About 79 percent of all students […]

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Black students in Minneapolis face long odds on the path to graduation

Steve Brandt, Star Tribune, February 19, 2014 – Her son is just turning 5, but Anquinetta Phillips has no doubt that Xavier Withers has great things ahead. Like other black parents attending a recent school choice fair for Minneapolis schools, she is certain that her child will succeed in a school district where almost four out of five […]

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Cassellius: Good news coming in on grad rates, gap-closing efforts

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, February 6, 2014 – Here are two inconvenient truths: No matter the education-policy case you wish to make, there are test data to support it. And if you’re using that data honestly, much of the time it will show that progress toward closing the gaps between affluent white students and their minority peers comes […]

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Graduation Disparities Loom Large for Students With Special Needs

Christina A. Samuels, Education Week, January 28, 2014 – The wide graduation-rate gaps in many states between students with disabilities and those in regular education raise the stakes for next year’s first-ever federal evaluation of how well states are serving their special education students. The most recent U.S. Department of Education data, for 2011-12, shows a […]

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