Minnesota Imposes New Labels on Schools

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Friday, August 31, 2012

The full impact of Minnesota's accountability system came into view Thursday with the announcement of the final group of schools facing new labels and corrective actions.

State officials released the second list of schools subject to state scrutiny now that Minnesota has won a waiver from the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

All told, 213 schools are now labeled underperforming in some way, compared to more than 1,000 under No Child Left Behind. All are schools that receive federal Title I money to address higher levels of poverty. Those schools have to submit turnaround plans to the state, but unlike previous years, they no longer have to provide tutoring or transfers or face stricter penalties.

Advocates of the new system say it gives everyone a much clearer picture on how Minnesota's schools are really faring

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