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Feb 08th

Harvest Prep, Best Academy and the New Mastery School scholars return to school

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Photo credit: Courtesy of Harvest PrepPictured: K'Jeane Callender and Ms. King (Teacher Assistant)

After blowing away the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment II - III (MCA II-III) examinations for a second straight year, close to 1000 student scholars from Harvest Prep, Best Academy and the new Mastery School returned to school on August 13, 2012.

According to data released by the State of Minnesota Department of Education, Harvest Prep had the highest proficiency of any school in the state of Minnesota serving African-American and low income children. In fact, Harvest Prep's test scores in Math of 81% proficiency exceeded the statewide average by almost 20 percentage points, and its scores in Reading of 79% proficiency exceeded the statewide average as well.

African-American boys at Best Academy did even better, with a resounding 83% proficiency in Math and 82% proficiency in Reading, blowing away the statewide average by 21 percentage points and 6 percentage points, respectively. These test scores shatter the myths concerning African-American boys.

courtesy harvestprepFor the second year in a row Harvest Prep and Best Academy have closed, and in fact reversed, the achievement gap, substantially exceeding the test scores of every other school serving low income and African-American children in the state of Minnesota.

Pictured: Mia Kennedy, Amonye Jefferson Ms. Ashley Kolles (from right to left)

Because of the outstanding success of Harvest Prep and Best Academy, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) have entered into a collaborative agreement with the leaders of these schools to start four new Mastery Schools in Minneapolis, with the first Mastery School opening on Monday, August 13th, 2012 on the same school campus as Harvest Prep and Best Academy.

The new Mastery Schools, beginning with 165 students in grades kindergarten to second grade, will expand by one grade each year, and within 10 years will add three more schools, providing educational opportunities for almost 2,000 low income students in Minneapolis.

The leaders and board of directors of the new Mastery Schools want to give special recognition to the strong community partnership with Insight News and KMOJ radio station who helped promote these new educational opportunities for our children.


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