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 10 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. 

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.