Success Stories

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Scaffolding Innovation: Supports for Competency-Based Education

During a pilot of competency-based education in Illinois, participants reported that the Midwest Comprehensive Center's resources, networking opportunities, and expertise built understanding and capacity among both state and district staff.    

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Implementing the Iowa Core

Revising and implementing state academic standards across multiple content areas is a complex undertaking. The Midwest Comprehensive Center has spent several years working with Iowa Department of Education staff to refine their process.

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Supporting Career and College Readiness in Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Education staff report that expertise and resources provided by the Midwest Comprehensive Center and College and Career Readiness and Success Center have strengthened the agency’s capacity to develop and improve career and college readiness (CCR) policies and support districts in their development of CCR programs.

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Wisconsin’s Academic & Career Planning Initiative

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s (Wisconsin DPI’s) Academic & Career Planning (ACP) initiative is intended to encourage students to take active ownership of their education and college or career goals. Wisconsin DPI anticipates that increased student engagement in postsecondary planning will improve graduation rates and college and career readiness.

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Supporting Minnesota’s American Indian Students

In 2012, American Indian students in Minnesota had a graduation rate of 42 percent. The overall Minnesota graduation rate at the time was 77 percent. The data on mathematics and reading proficiency that the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) had for the same year also highlighted a significant achievement gap between the state’s American Indian and overall student populations.