The Education Evolving Blog

October 4, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

Earlier this week, Secretary DeVos announced the US Department of Education had approved New Hampshire as the second state after Louisiana to participate in the Every Student Succeeds Act’s Innovative Assessment Pilot. This post will provide an overview of both Louisiana and New Hampshire’s innovative assessments, as well as discuss other assessment flexibilities states are taking advantage of under ESSA.

September 11, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

On August 30, the Minnesota Department of Education released the first round of 485 schools identified to receive support under the state’s new North Star accountability system. This post will provide an overview of the processes for identifying schools for support and MDE’s Regional Centers for Excellence, as well as a deep dive into the two main levels of school support—comprehensive and targeted support.

August 31, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

On August 30, PELSB approved rule changes in order to address defects that the ALJ had found in the rule draft. On August 31, PELSB submitted their updates rules to the Chief ALJ, who has 5 business days to review and provide feedback. This post will provide an overview of some of the changes PELSB made to rule and the next steps in the rulemaking process.

August 15, 2018 · By Lars Esdal

Patrick Henry, a district high school in North Minneapolis that serves primarily low-income students and students of color, is part of a growing movement of public schools and districts around the country that are convening their local communities to create a Portrait of a Graduate—a “collective vision that articulates the community’s aspirations for all students”.

August 8, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

This week, the Office of Higher Education announced the five recipients of the State’s first Alternative Teacher Preparation Grant Program. Read here to learn about the grant program, the five grant winners, as well as a refresher on what an alternative teacher preparation is.

August 1, 2018 · By Marcus Penny

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides $1.2 billion in funding for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs and job training for students, has been reauthorized. This post will cover the history of the legislation, what’s new in this version, and the CTE landscape in Minnesota.

July 17, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

On July 16, MDE announced the seven Minnesota charter schools that were awarded CSP Startup or Replication/Expansion grant. Who are the schools? What is a CSP grant? Read here to find out.

July 12, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

On July 11, the Minnesota Department of Education hosted over 100 people for an update on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. This post provides an overview of the topics discussed at the meeting, as well as the timeline for ESSA implementation.

June 27, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

On June 27, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Mark Janus, a child support specialist for the state of Illinois. Janus sued his union, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), arguing that he should not have to pay mandatory dues. This post will discuss the Janus case, and how unions—both state and national—have prepared for the ruling.

June 21, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

It’s been a busy few months for PELSB and its staff as they prepare for July 1 deadline for implementation of the new teacher licensure system. This post will provide a refresher on the new teacher licensure system, an update on rulemaking, and information on how teachers and teacher candidates can apply for licensure.

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