Minnesota has one of the widest achievement gaps in the nation.
- There is a 35 percent disparity in graduation rates between white and black students
- In Minneapolis, just 41 percent of Latino children start school ready to learn versus 91 percent of white children
- By graduating students of color at the same rate as white students, Minnesota would add $1.3 billion to the state's economy by 2020
Improve educational outcomes by strengthening urban Catholic schools – like Ascension – to bridge the achievement gap by focusing on:
- Driving school excellence – Promoting best practices in the areas of finances, procurement, data collection and assessment
- Testing and incubating new models – Identifying new approaches in instruction, student support and governance
- Building new funding sources – Exploring both public and private revenue sources
To date, Ascension has seen the following results:
- 90 percent of eighth graders were proficient in math in 2013
- These scores represent a 23 percent increase from 2011 and 31 percent higher than neighboring schools
With additional effective programming and funding, Catholic schools will continue to be a part of the education solution.
To learn more about scaling up this or other innovative education models, contact us.