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I am driven to help education fit each child’s needs

The opportunity gap among children in our society is growing, and part of the problem is how we assess and educate our children. Michael Rodriguez’s mission is to close the gap by helping schools understand how to work with diverse students, families, and communities.

After all, says Rodriguez, “not every student is the same and one size doesn't fit all.” That’s why Rodriguez is partnering with schools to enhance school programs and outcomes by promoting better understanding of achievement test information, so that data use is more accurate, efficient, and equitable.

Michael Rodriguez

“Let's get schools ready for kids, while we get kids ready for school.”

Michael Rodriguez, Professor

Assessing the barriers to opportunity

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Meeting the needs of our changing communities

One example of the opportunity gap is in the rich diversity of Minnesota’s immigrant communities, each with unique cultural backgrounds.

map illustration the different countries that make up the bulk of Minnesota's immigrant population

Minnesota’s 10 largest groups of foreign-born residents come from Mexico, India, Laos, Somalia, Vietnam, Thailand (including Hmong), China, Korea, Ethiopia, and Liberia.

428,000

Foreign-born residents

In Minnesota about 428,000 residents are foreign-born, including many refugees who fled their home countries.

child of an immigrant

Among our state’s youngest children (0-4), nearly 1 in every 5 is a child of an immigrant.

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“After three generations on one side, five generations on another side, I was the first to go to college.” Michael Rodriguez