Statement from Charlie Weaver regarding Minnesota’s academic performance data

MINNEAPOLIS – Charlie Weaver, Executive Director of the Minnesota Business Partnership, issued the following statement regarding Minnesota’s latest round of academic performance data:

“Unfortunately, today’s release of academic performance data by the Minnesota Department of Education shows that, once again, student achievement in reading and math remains flat, as it has been for five years. In addition, Minnesota continues to have severe achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color. The fact is that Minnesota cannot succeed in a global economy if only 60% of our students can read or do math at grade level. At a time when talent is in short supply and employers are desperate for workers, we cannot afford to continue to fail 40% of our students – many of whom are students of color.”

Weaver continued: “This is an urgent challenge that demands reform.  Unfortunately, special interest groups are more interested in protecting the status quo than supporting needed changes that would boost achievement and close gaps. This has to change.”

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About the Minnesota Business Partnership

The Minnesota Business Partnership represents more than 115 CEOs and top executives from Minnesota’s largest homegrown employers. MBP members represent a broad range of business interests and political perspectives, but they are united behind a common mission: To maintain a high quality of life for all Minnesotans by ensuring the state’s economy remains strong and globally competitive.