Recognizing Schools that are Closing the Achievement Gap
Conversations between education leaders and the Partnership’s Education Policy Committee prompted the Partnership to establish the “Minnesota’s Future Award” in 2006. The Award recognizes two public elementary schools – one metropolitan school and one in greater Minnesota – that are closing the academic achievement gap between white, minority and low-income students. Eligible schools serve a high percentage of low-income and/or minority students and are closing the achievement gap based on MCA-II reading and math scores. Each school is recognized at the Partnership’s Annual Dinner and receives a grant and a Young Explorer computers made possible by generous gifts from MBP members. The 2015 winner of the Minnesota’s Future Award was the Northside Achievement Zone, a community-wide partnership involving more than 30 organizations and 10 schools in north Minneapolis that have aligned to support 2,500 children prepare for college.
Minnesota’s Future Award Recipients
- 2015: Northside Achievement Zone, Minneapolis
- 2014: Valley View Elementary, Columbia Heights
- 2013: Hiawatha Academies, Minneapolis
- 2012: Harvest Prep and Best Academy, Minneapolis
2011: Global Academy, Columbia Heights, and Longfellow 45-15 Choice Elementary, Rochester
2010: Sibley East-Gaylord Elementary, Gaylord, and Concordia Creative Learning Academy, St. Paul
2009: King Elementary, Deer River, and Dayton’s Bluff Elementary, St. Paul.
2008: J.W. Smith Elementary, Bemidji, and Ames Elementary, St. Paul.
2007: Kelliher Elementary, Kelliher, and Farnsworth Aerospace Elementary, St. Paul.
2006: Nettleton Magnet School, Duluth, and Sheridan Elementary School, St. Paul.