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Minnesota has a persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?

The Hechinger Report

Recognizing these trends, state policymakers set a goal almost four years ago of increasing the proportion of 25- to 44-year-olds, of all races, with at least a postsecondary certificate to 70 percent by 2025. Though some programs have helped lower dropout rates and improved graduation rates for students of color, the gap in the percentage of students finishing a degree has barely budged across the 30 community colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and University system.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

The Hechinger Report

Their ESSA plans detail systemic transformations of assessment methods and other practices, according to Lillian Pace, the senior director of national policy at KnowledgeWorks. High schools were rated on standardized tests, as well as dropout, attendance and graduation rates.