Coalition’s Plan To Close Minnesota’s Achievement Gap Unvieled

Last Monday, former Minneapolis Mayor, R.T. Rybak, in conjunction with Generation Next, a coalition of civic, education and business leaders, unveiled a plan to close the achievement gap in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Rybak indicated that Generation Next and its partners are working to reach three core goals:

  • Comprehensive Health Screening
    • 3-year-olds to be screened for health problems & disabilities in order to obtain therapy and support
  • Reading Proficiency by 3rd Grade
    • Generation Next is focused on five key benchmarks:
      • Kindergarten Readiness
      • 3rd Grade Reading Benchmarks
      • 8th Grad Math Benchmarks
      • 100% High School Graduation
      • Post-Secondary Counseling
  • Enhanced Guidance Counseling
    • Engagement by trained adults to develop a plan to help their journey to college or to a career

Generation Next plans to roll-out initiatives in pilot schools, collect data and then will determine which initiatives to implement on a larger scale.  All results will be published on Generation Next’s website.