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Strategic Plan: Acceleration 2020
Strategic Plan: Acceleration 2020

A Message from the Superintendent

At MPS we believe in the potential of all students to succeed. We commit to every student in our care that he or she at graduation will be college and career ready with 21st century competencies. Our vision is big and bold: big goals, big change, big success opportunities and deeper transparency than ever before.
Our roadmap to success is called Acceleration 2020. It was approved by our Board of Education on Sept. 9, 2014. This plan moves our system in new directions, particularly by moving real power to each school. Everything about this plan accelerates student achievement. We are committed to the proposition that all children can learn more, achieve more and be more. Our plan is constructive, sensible, positive and ground breaking.
Our plan requires greater expectations of everyone: our parents and families, our MPS leaders and teachers, our students and graduates. Our success depends on the active engagement of everyone affected and interested in the present and future of MPS. 
With this strategic plan, we are taking action by accelerating a shift in funding, priorities and programs systemwide to improve outcomes for students and families. Changes include:

  • School autonomy: Beginning in fall 2014, schools will be able to apply for the ability to manage significant resources traditionally managed by the central office in the areas of curriculum, budget, staffing and time – with the ability to tailor programs and efforts to meet community needs and values – while accepting additional accountability for the results.
  • Student-based allocation system: Funding will be delivered to schools based on each student’s needs, rather than based on a uniform funding amount per pupil, to ensure better predictability and transparency in funding. This will allow schools to receive resources based on the needs of their unique student populations. The system will be fully implemented by the 2016-17 school year.
  • New academic focus areas: New efforts with support programs and resources are already underway, such as the Office of Black Male Student Achievement, a new behavior standards policy that increases learning time and an emphasis on inclusivity and literacy for students who receive special education services.
  • 5-8-10 scorecard: A rigorous scorecard will monitor 46 metrics and adjust in near-real time for success, with three important leading indicators:
    • 5 percent annual increase in students overall meeting or exceeding state standards in reading and math
    • 8 percent annual increase in students meeting or exceeding standards in reading and math for MPS’ lowest-performing students
    • 10 percent annual increase in the four-year graduation rate 

Everyone has to believe that 5-8-10 are must-do and can-do goals. These targets are understandable, achievable, and high in order to change attitudes and ensure that we provide the kind of education to each and every student in Minneapolis that positions them for success. We must be optimistic about every child. I know that I am.
Our biggest goal is about restoration of the dream: transforming pre-K-12 education in MPS. The truth is that this dream has been deferred long enough. We must transform education in Minneapolis, for those in our classrooms today and for those yet to come.

Bernadeia H. Johnson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools