The primary goal of the Regional Centers of Excellence is to focus schools and districts on closing the persistent achievement gap between high- and low-performing children, especially the achievement gaps between minority and nonminority students and between disadvantaged children and their more advantaged peers.
– ESEA Waiver
The Regional Centers of Excellence were put in place to provide cohesive, focused systemic support to districts and schools to maximize resources, build capacity, and promote sustainability of reform efforts to increase educational equity, excellence and efficacy for all students. Specifically, center directors, along with regional staff, MDE, service cooperatives, and each other, are working to raise student achievement and close the achievement gap in Focus and Priority Schools by creating sustainable leadership focused on student growth.
The expansion of the centers, as outlined in Laws of Minnesota, Chapter 116, Article 2, Section 7, (view full text of the statute
) has doubled the number of centers in Minnesota, from three to six. This increased level of service, statewide, means all schools will have access to assistance and support to implement the world's best workforce goals.
The Minnesota Department of Education role is to help the Regional Centers of Excellence meet staff, facilities, and technical needs; to provide programmatic support; and to collaboratively establish a coherent statewide system of regional support that includes consulting, training, and more. Working together, we can maximize the assistance available to schools and substantially increase student achievement.