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Helmut Schmidt, Published August 30 2012

Many Minnesota area schools score well in ratings

MOORHEAD – Minnesota’s K-12 public schools are making gains in closing achievement gaps between whites and other ethnic groups, the Department of Education reports.

The department Wednesday released the latest Multiple Measurement Ratings for Title I schools, with results from the 2011-12 school year.

Many area schools continue to perform well in this second round of the MMR, which measures student proficiency, growth in knowledge, reductions in achievement gaps between whites and other subgroups, and graduation rates.

The greatest growth is in statewide math performance, where nearly all of the subgroups improved, particularly blacks, Hispanics, American Indians, English Language Learners and students receiving free and reduced lunches, the Department of Education said.

The department said reading gaps are not being closed for most groups, except special education students.

“Today’s data shows that we’re starting to bend the curve in the right direction,” Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said.

Ratings are given to Title I schools, which serve areas with high levels of poverty.

Here’s how they break down: