Law provides: The mission of the department “is to increase the capacity of Minnesota communities to improve measurably the well-being of children and families.” (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 199A.01, subd. 3)
Commissioner: Alice Seagren Appointed: 2004Salary: $108,400
Bloomington. Southeast Missouri State University, B.S. marketing (1969); Bloomington Board of Education (1988–92); state representative (1992–2004); board member, Normandale Community College Foundation; corporate board member, Fraser.
1500 Hwy. 36 W., Roseville 55113; (651)582-8200Web site: www.education.state.mn.us
Deputy Commissioner: Chas AndersonAssistant Commissioner, Academic Excellence: Karen KlinzingAssistant Commissioner, Student Support Services: vacantAssistant Commissioner, Administrative Services: vacant Assistant Commissioner, Accountability and Improvement: vacant
Function: The department’s mission is to improve educational achievement by establishing clear standards, measuring performance, assisting educators, and increasing opportunities for lifelong learning. The department strives to be an innovative education agency, assisting schools, families, and other education providers with exemplary services that result in high academic achievement for all students, pre-kindergarten to grade 12 and adult learners.
The division focuses on four primary goals: • improve achievement for all students; • enhance teacher quality; • expand education options for students and families; and • implement education finance reform and enhance accountability.
The department provides services and assistance to students, teachers, parents, and school districts in the following areas: academic standards and professional development; adult and career education and service-learning; assessment and testing; compliance and assistance; early learning services; English language learners/limited English proficiency (LEP); food and nutrition service; library development and services; no child left behind (NCLB) consolidated programs; personnel licensing; safe and healthy learners; school choice; school finance; school technology; and special education.
The department administers over $6 billion in state and federal funding for E-12 and adult and career education. In addition, the department calculates in excess of $1 billion of annual property tax levy limitations.
Office of Academic Excellence is responsible for academic standards development, professional development for educators, Indian education programs, school choice, charter schools, and supplemental services programs, library development, school technology, the Faribault Library for the Blind, and school administrator and teacher licensing.
Office of Student Support Services is responsible for adult basic education, adult and career education, special education programs, early learning, and food and nutrition services.
Office of Finance and Administrative Services is responsible for distributing aid payments to school districts and calculating school district property tax levy limitations; providing information technology support services to the agency; providing policy, management, fiscal and human resource direction and leadership; and special education compliance and accountability.
Office of Accountability and Improvement is responsible for statewide testing, No Child Left Behind Act administration, and research and evaluation.
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