How does your school rank in new accountability system?

The state officially said goodbye to the federal No Child Left Behind law on Tuesday and will use its own Multiple Measurement Ratings, which officials say is a fairer accountability system.
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Minnesota schools will no longer have to fear being labeled "failing."

The state officially dumped the federal No Child Left Behind law on Tuesday after receiving a waiver that allows the state Department of Education to use its own Multiple Measurement Ratings, which officials say is a fairer, more accurate accountability system.

The new accountability system labels schools as Priority, Focus or Reward. Critics say the state has lowered the bar, the Pioneer Press reports.

The new system aims to narrow the achievement gap between test scores and graduation rates of white students and students of color, the Bemidji Pioneer says.

The Star Tribune has a list of schools in the state -- find out how your local schools were ranked under the new system.

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