Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Kline: "While I agree No Child Left Behind is broken and must be revamped, I am strongly opposed to the administration’s efforts to bypass Congress and change the nation’s education system through conditional waivers."
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Editor's note: The following is a guest column written for Lakeville Patch by U.S. Congressman John Kline, (R-Second District) of Lakeville. As folks in Minnesota were gearing up for the start of a new school year, I hosted a roundtable discussion with area superintendents, principals, and educators to discuss the state of our elementary and secondary schools. During the discussion at Inver Grove Heights Middle School, participants raised a number of important issues—but no issue received more attention than the waiver granted to Minnesota schools by the Obama administration. Minnesota is one of 33 states and the District of Columbia to be granted a waiver from certain requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
All of Lakeville's public schools scored above average under the new accountability system that replaced "No Child Left Behind."
According to the Minnesota Department of Education, all 14 schools in the Lakeville Area Public School District beat state averages under the new school accountability system that’s replacing the old No Child Left Behind measurements. The MDE released the school rankings based on its new accountability system, called "Multiple Measurements Rating," on Tuesday. The news was even better for Lake Marion Elementary School, which earned the coveted “Reward School” designation for those schools in the top 15 percent of Title I schools statewide. The news likely isn't of total shock for Lakeville's administrators since the district and all of its schools made Adequate Yearly Progress under No Child Left Behind last year. The state was granted a …
A close look at how Lakeville schools fared under the new Multiple Measurements Rating system.
A closer look at how Lakeville's schools did individually on the Multiple Measurements Rating accountability system. All numbers are percentages. The Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) and Focus Rating numbers reflect the percentage of points each school earned out of the total possible. Average scores are about 50 points. In all other categories, the number reflects a school’s percentile rank compared to other schools in the same grade range, with 100 percent the best possible rank. Each of Lakeville's 14 public schools best state averages. To see what the scores mean, click here. Finally, to see a list of each school and every score in the state, click here. 84.4 99.8 71.9
The new “Multiple Measurements Rating” system can be confusing. Patch helps you understand the details.
As if No Child Left Behind and Adequate Yearly Progress wasn't confusing enough, now school officials and parents have the Multiple Measurements Rating system to learn. The state of Minnesota was granted a waiver from NCLB on Feb. 9 by President Barack Obama, along with nine other states. Thus the new system. And while school officials may appreciate the added nuance the new waiver system provides, the extra measurements have created an arrangement that’s less intuitive that the NCLB—where schools either made adequate yearly progress or they didn’t. The new Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) system grades schools in four categories: Schools can get a maximum of 25 points in each of those categories. The number of points a school receives …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Lakeville Congressman John Kline, who is chair of the U.S. House education committee, opposes the No Child Left Behind waiver saying it doesn't address the reforms needed.
While Lakeville's education leaders are thrilled about Thursday's decision to free Minnesota from the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law, the news isn't good for everyone. U.S. Congressman John Kline, (R-Second District), of Lakeville, who is also the chairman of the U.S. House education committee told the Star Tribune that he's opposed to the waiver issued to 10 states, including Minnesota, by President Barack Obama. “As you know, I have significant concerns about the administration’s waivers plan. Simply put, this plan does not constitute the long-term reform families, schools, and students need,” Kline said in November, according to the Star Tribune report. “It’s a temporary band-aid on a problem that must be resolved …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The President announced Thursday Minnesota’s proposed reforms to its standards and accountability measures would meet requirements to replace the federal No Child Left Behind law passed nearly a decade ago.
Lakeville schools are leaving behind the federal education law No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Well, actually, all of Minnesota is. President Barack Obama announced Thursday that Minnesota would be one of 10 states to receive a reprieve from NCLB in exchange for new, “bold” reforms to improve teacher effectiveness, grade school accountability and efforts to close the achievement gap in social and ethnic categories. The waiver was something Minnesota's education leaders, with Gov. Mark Dayton's support, applied for in August, and was also supported locally by the Lakeville Area Public School District. "I would say almost everybody in education supports reform and waiving current the requirements," said Jason Molesky, the district's assessment …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Garofalo, R-Farmington, and Sondra Erickson, R-Princeton, say the Dayton administration is proposing changes to the state's education system in ways that don't follow current law.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
With the governor requesting Minnesota be temporarily exempt from No Child Left Behind, Dave Thompson suggests it's time to forget the legislation all together.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Editor's note: The following is a press release and statement issued by State Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 36) of Lakeville, regarding the request by Governor Mark Dayton to waive the state from federal No Child Left Behind requirements. The Star Tribune is reporting that Governor Mark Dayton has agreed to ask the Obama administration for a temporary waiver of certain No Child Left Behind (NCLB) testing requirements. The Governor made the move in response to the request of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “I am glad to see that Governor Dayton recognizes the inherent problems with this onerous federal takeover of education policy," Thompson said in response. "The failure of NCLB is yet another illustration of the ineffectiveness…