District meets achievement gap goal

Community Editor

On Sept. 21, Forest Lake Area Schools was notified by the Minnesota Department of Education that they have met the Minnesota established goal to reduce the achievement gap in math.

In 2012, under the state’s issued No Child Left Behind Flexibility Waiver, Minnesota established a goal to reduce achievement gaps by 50 percent by 2017. The school district has now reached that goal. The district’s mission is to provide a relevant and rigorous education for all students. The goal is for all students to achieve at high levels as they prepare for college and careers after high school.

In an email to the district, Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Brenda Cassellius stated, “2017 goals were established in reading and math for every student group, including American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, Black, White, Free or Reduced Price Lunch, Special Education, and English learners. A school or district must have at least 20 students within a student group for that group to be included in the data. A school or district was considered to have met the goal if the proficiency index rates for all applicable student groups exceeded the 2017 target.”

“You, your staff, your students, and your community are congratulated for this incredible accomplishment and commended for all the hard work you did to make it happen,” Cassellius said in a press release. “Achievement gaps do not close without hard work and commitment.”