Minnesota takes 27 schools off low-performing lists

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

More than two dozen Minnesota schools are no longer considered failing, according to new state rankings released Tuesday morning.

The 27 schools were able to shed the failing label by boosting student achievement and reducing achievement gaps between white and minority students.

“Today’s release is about hard work taking place every single day in our schools to ensure the success of each child,” said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Education said the latest school data will allow 17 schools to come off the state “Priority” list and 10 schools leaving 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.

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