Twenty-seven Minnesota schools, most in the Twin Cities, are showing major signs of improvement, according to state rankings that replaced the controversial No Child Left Behind initiative two years ago.
The Star Tribune says of the schools no longer considered failing, 17 are coming off the state "Priority" or low achievement list and 10 are leaving the "Focus" list, which measures their contribution to closing the achievement gap.
Minnesota's Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) judges schools on how well they're addressing the achievement gap, graduation rates and proficiency, not just on math, reading and science test results like NCLB.
The Star Tribune says three of the 27 improving schools in outstate Minnesota -- Keewatin Elementary, Paynesville Elementary and A.C.G.C. Elementary -- are considered "Reward" schools, the highest honor from the Minnesota Department of Education.
Schools scoring in the top 15 percent are considered Reward schools, according to the Pioneer Press.
Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said across the board, schools saw lower scores compared to last year due to tougher standards for math and reading implemented this year.
For more information on how schools placed in the rankings, click here.