Join us for continued community conversation about this important topic on Monday, July 22, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Carver Elementary School.
Our mission as a district is simple and straightforward: all learners achieving their personal best. That means we are responsible for meeting the needs of all of our students, and making sure they have the tools, resources, and education they need to be successful. We are not fulfilling that mission as long as the outcomes for groups of students are meaningfully different.
Minnesota has some of the largest achievement gaps in the country. The Minnesota Department of Education is leading the charge statewide for educational excellence and equity; every day for everyone. Both state and federal law directs districts like ours to close racial and economic achievement gaps between students. Addressing these disparities isn’t just something we should be doing, it’s something we must do.
These gaps are evident in our district. For example:
- As a district, 63% of our students overall are meeting math standards, while only 34% of our students receiving free and reduced lunch meet those same standards.
- The MN Department of Education cited Eastern Carver County Schools for disproportionately disciplining black students.
- Our graduation rates are moving in the right direction, and we’ve closed the gap across every category, but we are still graduating our students of color at lower rates.
The district’s equity work – including our equity audit – isn’t to determine if we have issues. We know that we do. The equity audit is a comprehensive, research-based tool that will support the District in deepening the vision of personalizing learning for all learners, which has been the ongoing vision for several years. The results of the audit will be used by district staff to prioritize our areas of focus. This work isn’t and won’t be dictated by consultants. The audit, and the whole scope of our equity work, is critical to help close achievement gaps, to help achieve our mission, and to ensure all our learners are world-ready upon graduation.
The district is responsible for meeting the needs of every learner. High academic standards attained through personalized learning experiences that happen within safe, inclusive, and equitable school communities remains our commitment. This is the right work, it is the essential work, and every child will benefit.
We’ll be talking about this work in greater detail at our next community conversation at Carver Elementary School on Monday, July 22, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Please join us.