CAREI — the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement — is an independent college-wide center housed at the University of Minnesota that conducts evaluations and research studies on innovative practices and policies in education.
The Senate Finance Committee’s Higher Education and Workforce Development Budget Division examined Sen. Kevin Dahle’s CAREI-related bill on Tuesday.
Sen. Dahle’s bill (SF 3275) would appropriate $500,000 to CAREI to help them in their efforts to gather and work with data to understand more about learning, specifically — what is effective in developing or modifying programs and services. The goal, as always, is improving student outcomes.
A recent Needs Assessment Report compiled by CAREI shows school districts are in need of additional supports in their efforts to close achievement gaps, increase graduation rates, and improve reading and math scores. Funding of this bill would help bring systematic processes and data to life for the 800,000 public school students in 333 public school districts across the state.
MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind testified in support of Sen. Dahle’s bill. Schneidawind said MSBA’s mission is to support, promote and strengthen the work of public school boards with a focus on building high-performing school boards.
“We envision that through the state’s investment, CAREI — working with and through the University of Minnesota — will provide the research, support and coordination needed to help our districts monitor the progress of individual students and tailor instruction needs as well to monitor the progress in meeting overall district goals,” Schneidawind said.