ST. JAMES —
Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, thousands of Minnesota schools were considered failing and were required to show the state how they planned to improve. The new system, called the Multiple Measurement Ratings, focuses on a much smaller number of under-performing schools, providing more intense help for the bottom 5 percent.
While fewer schools are required to present improvement plans, those plans are much more detailed, said Steve Dibb, director of the division of school support for the Department of Education. He said they require school officials to answer an essential question: What is going to look different in the classroom in terms of instructional practice as a result of implementing your school improvement plan?
Minnesota Public Radio News contributed to this report.