Minn. takes 27 schools off low-performing lists

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — State education officials say more than two dozen Minnesota schools are no longer considered failing.

Twenty-seven schools lost the failing label by boosting student achievement and reducing achievement gaps between white and minority students.

The Minnesota Department of Education says the latest school data will allow 17 schools to come off the state “Priority” list and 10 schools to leave the “Focus” list.

Under Minnesota’s new school ranking system, Priority schools are lagging in overall student achievement. Focus schools are failing to close the achievement gap.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/19Uugj0) reports the ranking system, now in its second year, is the product of Minnesota’s waiver from No Child Left Behind. That’s the benchmark federal education law that many educators disliked because it forced states to label schools as actual failures.


Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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