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Just released: New report on PSEO in MN

  CSC has just released this new report on the status of the Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program in Minnesota. The report details the findings of a statewide study of Minnesota public high schools. Among other findings, this report shows that the vast majority of high schools in Minnesota are not providing “up-to-date” information on(…)

Students describe ‘triumph over tragedy’ / Joe Nathan’s Column

By Joe Nathan on May 14, 2015 at 8:23 am Recently I’ve heard and read some of the most powerful student essays I’ve encountered over more than 45 years of work with young people. Students presented them at a statewide conference attracting almost 300 students sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs. Quietly, with(…)

Dual credit and career/tech help raise graduation rates

New data from the Minnesota Department of Education shows a side-by-side comparison of high school graduation rates for various student groups across Minnesota.  The chart below shows 4-year high school graduation rates overall for students, for those who took 2-3 career and technical courses, and those who took at least 1 concurrent enrollment or PSEO course.(…)

Triple Digit Gains & 82% Success Rate!

Check out our latest report on the Increasing College Readiness project. It shows that we have helped produce triple digit gains in the enrollment of urban (sometimes ‘alternative’) St. Paul students taking college level courses.  Additionally, students taking these courses for college credit have had an overall completion rate of 82%. See the new data, what district(…)

Learning and Teaching with Fire: Lessons from HBCUs and Tribal Colleges

    What lessons can K-12 education in Minnesota learn from Historically Black Colleges & Universities and Tribal Colleges & Universities? As is frequently noted, Minnesota has some of the nation’s largest gaps between student groups.   As public district and charter schools seek to close achievement gaps, what lessons can we learn from institutions that have(…)