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Community invited to provide input on state’s education plan

How should Minnesota schools assess student achievement, improve teacher quality, keep schools accountable and ensure that struggling schools improve? These are the questions that the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will be looking to answer in the plan it’s developing to meet the requirements of the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Parents, students, staff members and community members are invited to help answer those questions at a regional public meeting led by MDE and hosted by Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville. Please use Door #1 on the upper level.

Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and staff members will discuss the process so far and ask for feedback.

In 2015, President Obama signed the ESSA Act which replaces No Child Left Behind. All states are required to submit a new plan to the U.S. Department of Education for the 2017-18 school year.

For the convenience of those who will attend, the Campus Cup cafe at Diamondhead Education Center will have beverages, soups, salads and snacks for sale, beginning at 5 p.m.

For more information and/or to register, please visit the ESSA page of the MDE website or contact

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2016 - 11:32