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

The Hechinger Report

With people of color expected to make up a quarter of the state’s population by 2035, these gaps represent an economic threat to Minnesota; unless more residents get to and through college, there won’t be enough qualified workers to fill the jobs that require a post-secondary degree or certificate. “[O]ur To reach the state’s target, another 131,400 Minnesotans — two-thirds of them people of color—must earn a post-secondary credential. “As

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. These new assessment systems are a crucial component of personalization. New Hampshire is piloting its new assessment system alongside traditional testing.