MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - A new report card reveals that schools in the Twin Cities still have a ways to go to close the achievement gap.
Around 37 percent of Minneapolis and St. Paul students, roughly 17,000 kids, are not meeting reading benchmarks by 3rd grade, according to the annual report card from the nonprofit group "Generation Next.” Only 39 percent of 8th graders are meeting 8th grade math benchmarks, down from 44 percent in 2013.
There is one bright spot on the report. The four-year high school graduation rate has risen to 61 percent.
Former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak, who is now executive director of Generation Next, says cities are making progress in closing the achievement gap, but they still have a long way to go.
“Every one of these children is an asset and we demand change to make sure every one of them can thrive,” Rybak said. “We are up to this challenge, we have strategies, we have enormous long way to go and we cannot afford to fail.”
Generation Next also announced it is receiving $4 million dollars in contributions from United Way and the Bush Foundation as part of its efforts to close the achievement gap.
Read the full report here.