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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Program Evaluation Division

Minnesota Department of Education’s Role in Addressing the Achievement Gap

March 8, 2022

We found that Minnesota law does not clearly define “achievement gap,” how it should be measured, or the Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE’s) role in addressing it. We evaluated MDE’s administration of four K-12 education initiatives and identified concerns related to the department’s oversight of school district and charter school progress in addressing the achievement gap. We make several recommendations to the department and to the Legislature.

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