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Improving the Education of Minnesota's Students from Pre-K through College: Measuring Student Progress and Using Data to Drive Decision Making.

Rodriguez, Michael C., Kathleen Matuska, Julio Cabrera, and Stacy Karl.

Minnesota is a national leader in educational outcomes and, on many indicators, provides a national model of performance. However, Minnesota also faces many educational challenges, including achievement gaps among subgroups of students. Nationally, many educational outcomes for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade (P-12) are well defined and have been tracked for years, whereas in the higher education arena, outcomes are poorly defined, and outcomes and measures of success are generally less visible. The authors report on two studies. The first explored and identified the extent to which pre-K through 12 school leaders and educators use data to inform their decision making. The second investigated how higher education institutions in Minnesota assess student-learning outcomes. This article describes the results of the two studies and offers recommendations for data-drive educational decision making.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported by a grant from the Faculty Interactive Research Program, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
40 (1-2): 3-10
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Reporter 40 (1-2)

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