College and Career Readiness
The Minnesota ACT College and Career Readiness Recognition Ceremony was held on March 3, 2014, at the department in Roseville. Commissioner Cassellius and ACT Public Affairs Manager DeSotel presented award certificates to student, high school, community college, and employer nominees. With a goal of college and career readiness for all, Minnesota is one of eight states partnering with ACT to recognize exemplary efforts by high school students, high schools, community colleges and employers. Read more.
Impact of Early Learning Scholarships
Commissioner Cassellius was in Winona to visit the Community KIDS Preschool program. Governor Dayton and the Legislature invested $40 million in early learning scholarships during the 2013 legislative session to expand access to high-quality early learning for low-income families. "It is incredible to see so many students benefitting from this critical investment," Commissioner Cassellius said. "These students are being given a great start and will enter kindergarten with all the tools they need to succeed." Read news release.
All Student Groups Post Gains!
Commissioner Cassellius was joined today by Office of Higher Education (OHE) Commissioner Pogemiller and Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Clark Sieben to announce that graduation rates are the highest in the last decade. "Today is a great day for students throughout Minnesota," Cassellius said. "We are not only seeing a higher graduation rate for all students, but increases in the number of students graduating in every single group." Read news release.
Real Progress Closing the Achievement Gap!
New data from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) show that districts and charter schools across the state are largely on track to meet an aggressive statewide goal of closing gaps by 50 percent by 2017. “For the first time, we have concrete goals around gaps, and are letting our school leaders know exactly how far they need to go to be fully on track to close these gaps,” said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “ Read news release.
High Expectations - Better Results
Two years after receiving a waiver from the federal NCLB law, the U.S. Department of Education has reviewed Minnesota's progress and issued a report commending our new accountability system as meeting all expectations and requiring no additional steps. "We’re raising our expectations," said Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. "Minnesota was on the leading edge of states looking for greater accountability, and now we have confirmation that we’re on the right track." Read news release.