Goal: All Minnesota students graduate from high school and are prepared for postsecondary education.
Minnesota has long enjoyed a reputation for its high-quality public education, placing at or near the top in many nation-wide rankings and measures. But these encouraging statistics mask growing concerns of a widening achievement gap that is leaving many students unprepared for a successful future. Research is clear that a high-quality, rigorous, and relevant education is essential to prepare students for an increasingly competitive, complex and global economy, so they can become productive citizens.
To ensure Compass is providing the most relevant information to educators and others working to prepare Minnesota's students with the skills they need to succeed, Compass staff convened an Advisory Committee in fall, 2012. The committee recommended that 8th grade math proficiency replace 11th grade math proficiency as a key education measure. The committee thought it was important to catch students early enough to make sure they had the higher-level math skills now needed for postsecondary education. The committee also suggested the 9th grade attendance key measure could be dropped, but recommended adding a key measure for postsecondary completion, which will soon be available in the workforce section.
We need to address education issues early in children’s lives and make sure academic progress continues through high school and beyond if we want our future workforce prepared for the challenges of a global economy. Currently:
To complement major initiatives taking a broader, cradle-to-career approach to ensure success for all our children, the education measures can be viewed as part of a continuum, using these measures found throughout the site:
Early childhood screening (Early childhood)
Connections to caring adults (Children and Youth)
Enrichment activities (Children and Youth)
Postsecondary degree completion (coming soon -- Workforce)
Educational Attainment (Workforce)
Proportion of Adults Working (Workforce)