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The Minnesota Achievement Gap Library FAQ

Q: What is the Achievement Gap Library?

A: The library is a collection of Minnesota-focused research, reports and policies on efforts to close the achievement gap. It includes information on other racial disparities that contribute to gaps in achievment and opportunity, from health disparities to disparities in out-of-school opportunities. . . . (read more)

The Minnesota Education Reform and Education Gap Collection

Minnesota’s large education achievement gap did not occur in a vacuum, but reflects a number of other racial disparities in our community—in opportunities, income, homeownership, health, and more. Still, schools can and should continue to work to close the education gap.

The education system is in a constant state of reform. The achievement gap has been identified as a key problem for years, and civic and political leaders have clearly indicated their intent to close it. . . . (read more)

Child Welfare Disparities Library

Minnesota’s child welfare system has long shown significant racial disparities—in child protection, in out-of-home placement, and in adoption. Minnesota has a state supervised, county administered child welfare system. That means the state works in partnership with 87 counties, and there can be county-to-county variations in how the system operates. Children involved in the child welfare system—and involved in major family disruptions—are sure to suffer in school. . . . (read more)

Early Childhood Library

The Early Childhood Collection includes key policy and research documents by, for, and about early childhood policies and programs in Minnesota. Documents are listed chronologically, offeromg a quick history of state and local early childhood research, reforms, and initiatives. . . . (read more)

Health Disparities Library

Minnesota’s health disparities mirror our educational disparities. Reports note that Minnesota students as a group do well on national tests compared to peers in other states, yet we have one of the worst achievement gaps in the country.  Similar language appears in reports on health, such as the 2011 Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative: Report to the Minnesota Legislature.

“Minnesota is considered one of the healthiest states in the nation. But Minnesota also has some of the greatest disparities in health status between Populations of Color/American Indians and whites.” . . . (read more)

Housing Disparities Library

A child's education is tied to his or her housing and community. Similar to the achievement gap, there also is a homeownership gap. According to the Minnesota Housing Partnership:

“In 2008, Minnesota had the highest homeownership rate in the country, 75.8 percent, but that hid glaring disparities. The homeownership rate for Non-Hispanic whites was over 79 percent; in the same year the rate for all communities of color in Minnesota was only 44 percent. African Americans fared worst, with a homeownership rate of just 29 percent.” . . . (read more)

Minneapolis Public Schools Library

The Minneapolis Public School (MPS) Collection includes key policy documents by, for, and about the school system. They are listed chronologically, and offer a quick history of MPS education reform efforts. The first major report focused on closing the achievement gap  appeared in 1995. Recurring themes in the documents include the importance of early childhood education, having high-quality teachers, using data to monitor improvement, and building strong school-parent-community relationships. . . . (read more)