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Highlights from 2018 and What’s Ahead in 2019 January 7, 2019

As students and teachers return from break, and legislators convene for the session, we’d like to take time to reflect on the past 12 months. After a year of partnerships cultivated and important work done, we’re resolved to make 2019 another banner year. In this post we look at highlights from the last year, and how they set us up for the new one.

Minnesota’s State Report Card Gets A Makeover. What’s New About It? December 19, 2018

Last week, MDE joined several other states when it released its updated Report Card as required by the ESSA. Many of the new reporting requirements focus on increasing transparency and providing families, educators, and students information about the performance of schools. We describe the Report Card requirements under ESSA as well as the changes MDE made to it.

At Third Teacher-Powered Conference, Flipping Education System is Possible December 12, 2018

The first weekend of December, more than 320 educators and supporters convened in Boston for the third Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference. Designing for Success, the theme of the sold out 2018 gathering, was tailored to attendees interested in professionalizing teacher roles and moving school decisions and design toward those closest to the students—teachers.

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Competency-Based Education FAQ Memo · January 2019

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding competency-based education, including a thorough definition of CBE, its advantages over traditional approaches, the role of teachers, and legislation to enable and support CBE.

Defining and Measuring Student-Centered Outcomes Report · October 2018

A review of the outcomes that researchers and communities identify as important for student success and an overview of the possible strategies for measuring them. And, a cohesive vision and specific next steps for states, learning communities, and students and families wanting to move toward more student-centered outcomes.

FAQ: Minnesota's Tiered Teacher Licensure System and PELSB Memo · August 2018

The new four-tiered teacher licensure system was created by the legislature during the 2017 legislative session. This FAQ covers the new system and the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.

Summaries of States' ESSA School Quality/Student Success Measures Memo · June 2018

The School Quality or Student Success (SQ/SS) indicator was one of the most talked about and biggest decisions that fell to the states in drafting their new ESSA accountability plans. This memo summarizes the chosen SQ/SS measures for each state, DC, and Puerto Rico.

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