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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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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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K-12 and Congress: Kids pay for adults’ gridlock

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, January 6, 2014 - To kick off the new news year, today Learning Curve brings you two slender items of note concerning Congress. More specifically, the continued problems gridlock on Capitol Hill is causing the K-12 sector. The year we’ve just welcomed, 2014, is the year No Child Left Behind (NCLB) set as […]

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27 Minnesota schools shed low-performance labels

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, October 1, 2013 - Just over a year ago, state education officials determined that Sheridan Hills Elementary wasn’t quite cutting it. They didn’t label the Richfield school a failure, but it was implied. “It was absolutely devastating to the teachers here,” Principal Jodi Markworth said. “They give their heart and soul to […]

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Minnesota test-results takeaway: ‘Our kids did not get dumber overnight’

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, August 27, 2013 - Today your local newspaper doubtless carries the hotly anticipated results of the 2013 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs), the standardized tests used to determine the number of students who are proficient at math, reading and science. If you’re like most people you crack it open, start tripping over the acronyms by which […]

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Get ready for ‘disappointment,’ political spin with new school-test results

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, August 12, 2013 - In the dog days left before the start of the new school year, watch for a flurry of headlines about standardized tests in Minnesota schools. Depending on who is doing the talking, the tests are either the beginning of a new, more rational era, the beginning of the end […]

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No Child Left Behind education policy hangs on

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, August 9, 2013 - To education policymakers who are not breathing the politicized air trapped inside the Washington, D.C., beltway, it’s starting to look like President Obama will be out of office before No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is rewritten — if ever. Expressed another way, that would mean the nation could go […]

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Mend, not end, No Child Left Behind

Star Tribune Editorial, July 28, 2013 - There is nearly universal agreement that the controversial No Child Left Behind federal education law should be changed. But while congressional representatives on both sides of the aisle agree on that point, they are worlds apart on what those changes should be. The House version of a replacement bill […]

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Federally aided ‘turnarounds’ show mixed results; test scores decline in a third

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, November 30, 2012 - In the words of Walt Kelly’s immortal Pogo, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” His boss’ Nov. 6 sweep notwithstanding, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan likely has felt he’s doing business from Pogo’s Okefenokee Swamp of late. First there was that delicate, pre-election tap dance […]

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A New Conversation about Public Education

Marita Bujold, Twin Cities Daily Planet, October 25, 2012 - It seems to me that you cannot turn on the radio or read a newspaper today without hearing someone repeat this line ”public education is broken – a failure”. A few days ago, I heard this claim from a prominent local leader. He followed his statement […]

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