Achievement and Integration Program

Purpose

The purpose of the Achievement and Integration (A&I) for Minnesota program is to pursue racial and economic integration, increase student achievement, create equitable educational opportunities, and reduce academic disparities based on students' diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds in Minnesota public schools.
 

Eligibility

There are four ways that a district can be eligible for the program:
  1. Racially Isolated (RI): Enrollment of protected-class students districtwide is more than 20 percent, compared to the number of protected-class students in one of their adjoining districts.
  2. Adjoining: District physically adjoins a racially isolated district.
  3. Racially Identifiable School (RIS): Enrollment of protected-class students at a school is more than 20 percent, compared to the number of protected-class students within the district (for the same grade levels served).
  4. Voluntary: District participates voluntarily when geographically feasible. Participation must be approved by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

Plan Components

  • School Board Approval
  • Plan Input
  • Goals to:
    1. increase racial and economic integration;
    2. reduce achievement disparities;
    3. increase access to effective and diverse teachers.
  • Strategies that support A&I goals. These strategies may include innovative and integrated pre-k to grade 12 learning environments, family engagement initiatives, professional development, career and college readiness and rigorous coursework, and recruitment and retention of racially diverse staff.
  • Key Indicators to assess if strategies are generating the intended outcomes.
  • Create Efficiencies and Eliminate Duplicative Programs

Funding

Total A&I Revenue is comprised of Initial Revenue and Incentive Revenue. A&I Revenue is 70 percent state aid and 30 percent local levy.

To view reports of the estimates of A&I revenue by district, go to the Data Reports and Analytics page and follow these steps:
  1. Scroll down to School Finance Reports and click Minnesota Funding Reports (MFR).
  2. Select your District name.
  3. In the Category field, select Aid Entitlement Reports.
  4. In the Year field, select the year equal to revenue year (for example, 12-13, 16-17, etc.).
  5. In the Report field, select Integration Revenue Report.
  6. Click the List Reports buttonA link to your district’s annual report will appear below.
  7. Click the Integration Revenue Report link.
  8. In this report, look at line (12) for Max Initial Rev and line (13) for your district’s Max Incentive Revenue.

Participating Districts

In the 2019-20 school year, there are 171 districts participating in the A&I program. 

Plan Input

Districts are required to gather input on integration goals and strategies from their Multidistrict Collaborative Council. Districts with more than ten American Indian students must also gather input from their American Indian Parent Advisory Council. Racially Identifiable Schools must also get input from a Community Collaboration Council when developing an A&I Plan (Minnesota Rules, part 3535.0170, subpart 2).

Annual Public Meeting

Each year, districts are required to hold a public meeting to report progress to local communities and seek feedback on the plan in alignment with local strategic planning under the World’s Best Workforce. (Minn. Stat. § 124D.861 subd. 3 (b)). Families, community members, and the public are encouraged to engage with local districts on Achievement and Integration planning and implementation at these meetings and on an ongoing basis.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions - Achievement and Integration Program
Additional information on basic program parameters for the general public and districts participating in the A&I program. This document is based on questions submitted to the agency.

Report to Legislature

2019 Achievement and Integration Program: Report to the Legislature
This legislative report is required under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.861, subdivision 5. 

World's Best Workforce and Achievement and Integration Progress Summary Report
Your annual Achievement and Integration progress report is now part of your World's Best Workforce (WBWF) summary report. The section to report on progress made toward your Achievement and Integration plan goals during the 2018-19 school year begins on page 10. Submit this combined report to MDE between October 15 and December 15, 2019.

Staff in eligible Achievement and Integration districts may receive electronic updates on the program. Sign up to receive the e-bulletin from MDE by sending your current email address to mde.integration@state.mn.us.
 
  • Achievement and Integration Plan Template - 11/6/19
    Districts in the Achievement and Integration program will create their plans using this form and submit it to MDE for review by March 15, 2020. Functionality is best with a PC.
  • FY21 Achievement and Integration Budget Workbook - 10/31/19
    Districts in the Achievement and Integration program will create a FY 2021 budget using this form and submit it to MDE for review and approval by March 15, 2020.
  • Maps of Statewide Integration Districts: 2019-20 - 10/23/19
  • Maps of Metro Integration Districts: 2019-20 - 10/23/19
  •  - 2/13/19
    The criteria listed here are requirements based on legislation and Minnesota's School Desegregation/Integration rules. Use this list when you create a new A&I plan or when you amend one that's been approved by MDE. It provides the basis for approving A&I plans.
  • 2019 Achievement and Integration Program: Report to the Legislature - 2/11/19
    This report responds to the legislative charge to evaluate the efficacy of districts’ plans for realizing the goals of the Achievement and Integration program. It highlights data submitted by school districts following implementation of their Achievement and Integration plans during the 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 school years, respectively.
  • Achievement and Integration Budget Webinar Power Point - 1/7/19
    This webinar will describe how to develop an Achievement and Integration budget.
  •  - 1/4/19
    Use this guide with your leadership team to review your Achievement and Integration plan. Consider making adjustments to your goals, strategies, or key indicators of progress (KIPS) to increase the likelihood of realizing your plan’s intended results—reducing achievement disparities and increasing racial and economic integration for students—the reasons your district is in the Achievement and Integration program.
  •  - 1/4/19
    This Improvement Funding Guide walks you through the steps for adding Improvement Funding line items to your FY 2020 Achievement and Integration budget. If your district included improvement funding in your FY 2019 budget, you’ll need to include it in each of your annual Achievement and Integration budgets until each of your plan goals is met.
  • 2017-18 Progress Report for Racially Identifiable Schools  - 11/9/18
    Fill out a progress report for each of the racially identifiable schools included in your district’s Achievement and Integration plan during the 2017-2018 schoolyear. Submit this completed report to MDE between October 15 and December 15, 2018.
  •  - 11/7/18
    The criteria listed here are requirements based on legislation and Minnesota's School Desegregation/Integration rules. Use this list when you create a new A&I budget or when you amend one that's been approved by MDE. It provides the basis for approving A&I budgets.
  • Achievement and Integration Budget Guide - 10/5/18
    Use this guide to help you create annual achievement and integration budgets. The budget guide includes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
  • Achievement & Integration Needs Assessment - 9/27/18
    This webinar will describe how to use the Achievement and Integration Needs Assessment
  • Achievement and Integration Needs Assessment - 9/12/18
    This powerpoint describes the importance of conducting a needs assessment that identifies gaps and areas to be changed in order to improve student outcomes and reduce achievement disparities. This needs assessment is optional for our Achievement and Integration districts. However, if you are following the purpose of the program and want to provide equitable educational experiences for all students, we strongly encourage you to use the needs assessment tools provided.
  • Achievement and Integration Plan Development Webinar - 7/23/18
    This webinar describes the process, resources, and tools needed to develop, implement and monitor a district’s Achievement and Integration plan.
  • Achievement and Integration Program Overview - 6/19/18
    This webinar provides a brief program overview for districts in the Achievement and Integration program.
  • Achievement and Integration Plan Guide - 10/12/17
    Use this guide to plan and organize your school or district's AI program. A link to the 2018-2020 Achievement Integration plan template is included in the section of the Guide entitled Completing the Plan Template. Hmong Parent-Caregiver Survey - Somali Parent-Caregiver Survey - Spanish Parent-Caregiver Survey
  • Achievement and Integration Goals, Objectives and Interventions - 2/13/17
    Find information on goals, objectives, and interventions for district’s AI plans and how to create them
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Achievement and Integration Program - 9/23/16
  •  - 1/29/16
    Three collaboratives shared information about innovative cross-district AI programs at the Fall 2015 Achievement and Integration guidance sessions.