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Every Hand Joined: The Power of Numbers and Evidence

Every Hand Joined is collecting numbers about how our kids are doing academically, socially and emotionally. Some data is easier to obtain than others, like that from the school district or U.S. Census Bureau. Other data may not exist, so Every Hand Joined creates methods for collecting what we need to know. The data provides our Partner Table a baseline for setting goals and measuring our impact. Every Hand Joined is unique in Red Wing; we’ll be gathering, measuring and reporting our children’s progress over many years.

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Our Changing Demographics

We are aging and increasingly retired. The 2010 census shows 18.15% of our population is over the age of 65 compare to the state average of 12.87%.
Only 26% of our households have children under the age of 18.
In 2011, 10% of us were living at or below the poverty line. That’s nearly 1,800 Red Wing citizens.

Our changing students and schools

The number of students enrolled in the Red Wing Public School District in 2013-14 who were enrolled in the Free and Reduced Price Meal Program. That number equals 35.5% of the total student population.
Students received Special Education Services in 2013-14.
The number of students in the school district in 2013-14 whose first language is not English.
Red Wing Schools are becoming increasingly diverse. 17.8% of the students in the district are ethnic minorities.
A typical elementary classroom has 23 students.
of our kindergarten students last school year were eligible for the Free and Reduced Price Meal program. Research shows that students from economically depressed circumstances enter school behind their peers and the gap widens over time.
of our kids were assessed not ready for kindergarten for 2013-14. Kindergarten is a key milestone for future school success so they must arrive ready to learn even at this young age.
Each year, about 40 of our teens don’t graduate from our high schools within four years. A college or technical training track is essential to earning considerably more than teens who don’t graduate.
Less than half of our high school graduates who enroll in college or technical training programs complete their education within six years. This is troubling because 70% of Minnesota jobs will require education beyond high school by 2018.

Our Vision: Every Child. Every Opportunity. Every Step of the Way.

Our mission is to help EVERY child reach their full potential, cradle to career. Similar to what many urban and suburban school districts in the state are experiencing, student data shows that achievement gaps also exist in Red Wing. The term “achievement gap” in education refers to the disparity in academic performance, key opportunities and attainment between groups of students based on race, ethnicity, language, gender, disability or income. Every Hand Joined is looking at data and efforts to close these gaps, beginning with the socio-economic disparities affecting a large number of our students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Meal program.

Goal #1: Every child is PREPARED for school.

Goal #3: Every child SUCCEEDS academically.

Data Sources

  • 18.15% – U.S. Census Bureau (2010)
  • 26% – U.S. Census Bureau (2010)
  • 10% – U.S. Census Bureau (2007-2011)
  • 974, 404, 54 – Minnesota Department of Education (2014)
  • 490 – Minnesota Department of Education (2014)
  • 23 – Red Wing Public Schools (ISD 256)
  • 40 – Minnesota Department of Education
  • <50% – National Student Clearinghouse (2013)
  • 19% – Red Wing Public Schools (ISD 256)
  • Free and Reduced Meal Program Data – Red Wing Public Schools and Minnesota Department of Education (2014)