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What does Focused Instruction look like in Minneapolis Public Schools?

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) works in close collaboration with teachers, school leaders, students and families to build the infrastructure needed to support Focused Instruction.  MPS has created:

  • Online curriculum guides for every content area and grade level to provide a foundation for good planning
  • Benchmark assessments at the end of each unit to show whether or not each student has mastered essential knowledge and skills
  • Targeted professional development to equip every principal and teacher with the skills and training they need to improve learning outcomes for all students
  • Student data systems to track, analyze, and report on assessment results, interventions, and participation in special programs
  • Common interventions that define what teachers should do when students are far below or far above expected ability for their grade level
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