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Minnesota’s waiver from No Child Left Behind requires that schools hit targets each year in order to meet the goal of cutting the achievement gap in half by 2017.
In addition to measuring how proficient students are in reading and math, the state will also gauge graduation rates among white and nonwhite students.
The department will release 2013 graduation data later this month that show “dramatic acceleration of improvement across the state,” Cassellius said. In 2012, about 83 percent of white students, 51 percent of black students and 53 percent of Hispanic students graduated from high school in Minnesota.
“Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed,” the commissioner said. “But for too long, achievement gaps in Minnesota not only persisted, they grew until they were some of the worst in the nation.
“That is no longer the case. We are reclaiming Minnesota as a leader in education.”
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