EDUCATION GAPS IN MINNESOTA

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is one of several important partners working to pass the Page Amendment. The bank serves as a research arm,  bringing data to drive support for the Page Amendment.

In a recent report, “A Statewide Crisis: Minnesota’s Education Achievement Gaps”, the institution uncovered that the state of Minnesota leads the nation in education gaps by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. The education gaps are present in all 87 Minnesota counties and persist over many years.

These education gaps are driven by and reinforce numerous disparities, such as:

  • Reading test scores for Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and lower-income students are over 20 points below state average.
  • Math test scores for BIPOC and lower-income students are 20-30 points below state average.
  • While high school graduation rates have improved, Minnesota still ranks 47th in the nation for American Indian students who graduate on time and 50th in the nation for Black and Hispanic students who graduate on time. (MN Compass)
  • Minnesota has one of the worst college-readiness gaps in the nation by race and ethnicity – only 25% of Black students, 28% of American Indian students, and 26% of Hispanic students are prepared for college. BIPOC students who attend college must take significantly more remedial courses than their peers as their starting point. (Minneapolis Federal Reserve

A STATEWIDE CRISIS

Minnesota’s Education Achievement Gaps

You can learn more about these education gaps and more by looking through the full October 2019 report.