The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has looked at the state of public education across the country and has found that we here in Minnesota are, well, not above average. We're downright middling, in fact. We don't even earn a gold star (unlike Wisconsin).
Here's our report card:
- School management: D
- Finance management: B
- Staffing - hiring and evaluation: C
- Staffing - removing ineffective teachers: B
- Data management: B
- Pipeline to postsecondary teacher education: C
- Technology use and investment: C
- Gold Stars: 0
- Wisconsin gets a "B" in technology but a failing grade in getting rid of poor-performing teachers. Oh, and the aforementioned gold star.
- Iowa: Like us, a "D" in school management, and also a "D" in staff hiring and evaluation.
- North Dakota: An "A" each for financial management and tossing bad teachers overboard. Otherwise, mostly "D"-ville.
- South Dakota: An "A" in technology. An "F" in providing ways for teachers to further their education.
Or, as the authors say, "Bluntly, we believe our education system needs to be reinvented. After decades of political inaction and ineffective reforms, our schools consistently produce students unready for the rigors of the modern workplace."