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Rochester's Jefferson Elementary taken off low-performing list

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ROSEVILLE, Minn. (KTTC) -- State education officials say Jefferson Elementary School in Rochester is joining more than two dozen Minnesota schools that are no longer considered failing.

Twenty-seven schools lost the failing label by boosting student achievement and reducing achievement gaps between white and minority students.

The Minnesota Department of Education says the latest school data will allow 17 schools to come off the state "Priority" list and 10 schools to leave the "Focus" list. Jefferson Elementary had been included on the "Focus" list.

Under Minnesota's new school ranking system, "Priority" schools are lagging in overall student achievement. "Focus" schools are failing to close the achievement gap.

The Star Tribune reports the ranking system, now in its second year, is the product of Minnesota's waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law. Many educators disliked that the law forced states to label schools as failures.

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