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School Quality Review (SQR)
During the spring of 2009, every Minneapolis Public School participated in a School Quality Review process. This type of review is designed to help clearly identify a school’s unique strengths and opportunities for improvement. It goes beyond test scores to provide a thorough analysis of what’s really going on within each school community.

Review Methods and Reporting
The quality review began with a self assessment, completed by the principal. When this was completed a reviewer from outside the district visited the school for two days. Minneapolis Public Schools used Cambridge Education, an experienced, international school improvement firm, to conduct these reviews. During his or her time in each school, the reviewer visited classrooms and interviewed teachers, parents and students.

The result of this visit is the School Quality Review report. This document is not a marketing document nor a deficiency report. It is designed to be an objective, third-party summary of what each school does well and where the school should focus its improvement efforts. The report, along with data, is used by schools to identify strength and areas of improvement in their annual School Improvement Plan (SIP).