New data released today by the Minnesota Department of Education shows significant improvements at a number of previously low performing schools. They had been labelled as “priority” or “focus” schools, meaning the lowest 5% in achievement and the 10% of schools with the largest achievement gap. The new figures mean 27 schools in the state no longer carry that status.
Red Lake High School and Cass Lake-Bena Secondary were among the schools that showed enough improvement to be lifted from the "priority" list.
The numbers are based upon the 2013 Multiple Measurement Ratings which combines several factors such as graduation rates, teacher proficiency, and student achievement to assess particular schools. Those ratings are part of Minnesota's new system replacing the federal No Child Left Behind program.