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Education website offers wealth of school data

published 1/16/2013
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How well did students at your neighborhood school do on state math tests last year? How about the school down the road? What is your school district’s graduation rate, and how does it compare to the statewide rate?

These questions and many more can be answered on the newly redesigned Department of Education website.

State officials showed members on the House Education Finance Committee how to use the site, which was rolled out about a year ago. It includes a “Just for Parents” section as well as a live data center with reports, files and interactive maps. Among other things, the data center allows users to run detailed reports on individual schools and compare them with another school or the whole state.

The department no longer posts the School Report Cards that many parents and teachers were familiar with, but all of the information included in those cards is available in the website’s data center, state officials told lawmakers.

Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth) said that the website will be an important tool for the committee, which will spend much of its time looking for data-driven solutions to education problems, particularly the achievement gap between white and minority students.

- Sarah Lemagie


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