In accordance with Minnesota Statues 2013, section 124D.861-862, Minnesota's Achievement and Integration program was established to close Minnesota's academic achievement and opportunity gap.
Participating districts are to pursue racial and economic integration and to increase academic achievement, create equitable educational opportunities, and reduce academic disparities based on students' racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds.
From MDE Achievement and Integration Program Guidance, Oct. 17, 2013
In 2006 when ISD191 was first identified as being a racially isolated school district and ISD194 (Lakeville) as being the adjoining district, there was a 20.56% difference in the percentage of students of color between the two districts. By 2013 that percentage rose to 28% between the two school districts. Per MN Statute, section 124D.81-862, ISD191 and ISD194 will adhere to the purposes of the state statue to close the academic achievement and opportunity gap among specified student groups in both districts. A Multi-District Collaborative Council shall provide advice or consultation with programming and operations for the ISD191 and ISD194 collaborative.
Together, ISD191 and ISD194 will:
Ensure and achieve racial and economic integration
Increase academic achievement for identified student groups that include:
American Indian/Alaskan Native
Free or Reduced Price Lunch
Ensure equitable educational opportunities
Eliminate academic achievement disparities based on students' racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds
Create rigorous career and college readiness programs for underrepresented student groups.