The continuation of Minnesota’s lead in education and the payoff for our state’s economy and people require real progress by students of color. Minnesota’s current educational inequities affect a sizable share of the state’s population.
Education drives growth and prosperity in Minnesota. We outpace the nation on many measures of economic activity, quality of life and personal well-being in large part because of the state’s well-educated citizenry and workforce. But our record when it comes to educational achievement and attainment is marred by inequities. Minnesotans of color have not had the same levels of educational opportunity and success as the state’s White students. Now with Minnesota’s population becoming increasingly diverse, we as a state have the chance to address and overcome these educational inequities, tap the talent and potential of all Minnesotans, and secure the Minnesota advantage well into the future. Read More
Clearly, Minnesota must rise to the challenge and improve educational achievement and attainment for the state’s students of color and American Indian students, even as boosting success for all is a top priority. Data analysis from the Organizing Apprenticeship Project shows that improvements for just 61,000 students of color, out of about 215,000 total, will close the gap with White students on the standardized test for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment II. The state needs to move beyond excuses for why gaps exist to action that will narrow and close them.
Growth & Justice’s 2011 Smart Investment Agenda for Education in Minnesota spells out the following evidence-based recommendations and priorities for improving education from birth to higher education, with the goal of increasing the higher education attainment rate to 75% by the year 2020. Read More