Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
The Minneapolis American Indian Community and the Minneapolis Public Schools have entered into an historic Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to dramatically improve educational outcomes for American Indian children. The MOA was signed in November, 2006. Since then, a group of Indian educators, community leaders, and parents have been working closely with the school district to implement the provisions of the MOA including the transformation of three schools serving the largest numbers of Indian students into indigenous "best practice" sites that will provide excellent education to Indian students while modeling indigenous "best practices" in education for others locally, regionally, and nationally.
With 1,587 Indian students, Minneapolis Public Schools has the largest Indian student enrollment in the State of Minnesota. It also has the worst track record with regard to the education of these students and is in desperate need of MOA intervention. Educational disparities to be addressed through the MOA include:
- 2008 graduation rate: Indian students - 48.8%, white students – 87.3%
- 2008 State mandated MCA-11 Reading Exam: 34% of Indian students met standards; 84% of white students met standards
- 2008 State mandated MCA-11 Math Exam: 28% of Indian students met standards; 73% of white students met standards