MINNEAPOLIS — Coalition of Minnesota Businesses & Contract for Student Achievement: When it comes to student tests, “Don’t leave us in the dark”
Issue advocacy campaign will encourage Minnesotans to sign a petition supporting statewide exams
Coalition of Minnesota Businesses and the Contract for Student Achievement today announced the start of an issue advocacy campaign to support Minnesota’s statewide math, reading and science exams, which have lately come under attack by special interests that would eliminate these critical tests.
The effort includes radio ads in English and Spanish, online ads, and a petition supporting the continuation of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) in reading, math and science. In recent contract negotiations, the St. Paul Federation of Teachers asked the St. Paul Public School District to eliminate the MCAs.
“Without the MCAs, parents and school officials would lose the ability to compare how their students are doing with students statewide in the critical subjects of math, science and reading,” said Minnesota Business Partnership executive director Charlie Weaver. “Minnesota’s achievement gap is among the worst in the nation. Eliminating the one uniform tool we have that helps identify students and schools who are struggling is harmful and would hurt those who need help the most.”
“Problems aren’t solved by pretending they don’t exist or by keeping policymakers or affected individuals in the dark,” said Chris Stewart, former Minneapolis School Board member and leader of the African American Leadership Forum. “The MCA results provide information on how well our students are doing on standards that prepare them for success after high school. We need to keep these tests to recognize success, support those who need it, and ensure all students have an effective school.”
The radio ads, a video and the petition are online at DontFailOurKids.Com.
Established in 1990, the Coalition of Minnesota Businesses is a non-partisan, grassroots organization comprised of 11 employer groups representing more than 20,000 Minnesota employers with hundreds of thousands of employees across the state.
The Contract for Student Achievement (CSA) is a grassroots campaign by the African American Leadership Forum to increase public support for greater flexibility and accountability in education as a means of improving student outcomes.