Dayton: Minn. making strides in closing the achievement gap

By KBJR News 1

November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 10:38 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Governor Mark Dayton along with education leaders in Minnesota say the state is moving forward in closing the achievement gap between white students and students of color.

During a news conference this morning at the State Capitol, the Governor along with Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius released a new report suggesting that Minnesota is making significant progress in narrowing the achievement gap.

“These results are very encouraging, especially among our state’s youngest children,” said Governor Dayton. “I congratulate Minnesota students, educators, and parents for their hard work. The additional investments in early learning scholarships and all-day kindergarten, which were approved by the Legislature this year, will help build on this progress.”

According to the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress, math scores among Minnesota fourth grade students were the best in the country this year, and reading scores showed significant achievement gap closures. Additionally, fourth and eighth grade students this year recorded the best scores in math and reading since NAEP scores started being collected in Minnesota.

The tests results also showed that gaps between white students, and African American and Hispanic students closed by 10 test points – a roughly 25 percent improvement since 2009.

To see the full results of Minnesota's NAEP tests you can log onto the National Assessment of Educational Progress website.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
kburns@kbjr.com