Now that Minnesota has formally applied for a waiver to get out of the federal No Child Left Behind program, state Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius will hold meetings around the state to explain plans for a new system to measure schools progress.
The first one is Wednesday in Rochester, at the Rochester International Event Center from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
The next meeting is Dec. 14 in St. Cloud, 3 p.m., at Apollo High School; others around the state in the metro area will be scheduled later.
When applying to get out of the No Child Left Behind program, state officials stressed that they plan to replace it with a system that uses “multiple measurements of accountability.”
“While the goals of NCLB are noble and some aspects of the law have been effective, it’s clear Minnesota can, and must do better,” said Commissioner Cassellius. “That’s why Governor Dayton has taken the lead in making Minnesota one of the first states to create an accountability system that is more responsive to the needs of our students, our schools and our state. These meetings will provide the public an opportunity to hear about Minnesota’s waiver request, ask questions and offer feedback.”