ROSEVILLE (AP) -- A final Profile of Learning deadline passed with few school districts making major changes to plans they submitted this summer for dealing with the graduation rule.
Districts had until Oct. 15 to amend this summer's proposals. The Department of Children, Families and Learning reported Thursday that most made only minor revisions.
The profile is the state learning-by-doing classroom initiative started during in 1998-99. Criticized as an effort to dictate what schools should be teaching, it was amended by the Legislature to allow school districts more flexibility in putting it in place.
Of the 331 districts with high schools, 151 will fully implement the profile by 2004, requiring graduates to complete work in the 24 standards originally mandated by the state for graduation.
Some districts chose fewer standards than 24. Others also decided to exempt this year's sophomores and juniors.
Four districts that exempted teachers from having to grade their students' performance on profile tasks were warned that they could lose some federal funding unless they started filing separate Profile of Learning reports for elementary or middle schools. Those districts -- Hastings, Littlefork-Big Falls, Pillager and Sleepy Eye -- stood to lose funding that is aimed at improving the reading and math skills of poor students.
All four filed amended plans that would require a separate record-keeping system at the elementary or middle school levels.
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