There are many things Minnesotans can do to help close our worst-in-the-nation achievement gaps:
What We Do. The #CloseGapsNow initiative is urging Minnesota’s leaders to close our worst-in-the-nation achievement gaps. To close the opportunity gaps at the root of achievement gaps, we support empowering low-income children with quality early learning programs.
What’s An “Achievement Gap?” Achievement gaps are differences in learning measures between various groups of children, such as racial, ethnic and income groups. Minnesota has some of the worst achievement gaps in the nation.
Source: The Nation’s Report Card, 2017 data.
Why Gaps Matter To Everyone? Because of achievement gaps, Minnesota children suffer and don’t have an equal opportunity to pursue the American dream. That’s obviously a tragedy for those kids. But beyond those children, Minnesota’s economy also suffers because we don’t have the educated workforce we need to compete globally. Minnesota’s communities suffer because we have fewer citizens prepared to thrive and build up our communities. Our taxpayers suffer because high school dropouts tend to lead to high taxpayer costs associated with unemployment, social services, health care, law enforcement and prisons.