Standards

Minnesota Academic Standards for Science

The 2009 Minnesota Academic Standards in Science are required for all Minnesota K-12 public schools (including charter schools), and are the focus of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA II).

A Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council 2012)

Framework for K-12 Science Education outlines a broad set of expectations for students in science and engineering in grades K-12. These expectations will inform the development of new standards for K-12 science education and, subsequently, revisions to curriculum, instruction,

Minnesota Academic Standards for Mathematics

The 2007 Minnesota Academic Standards in Mathematics are required for all Minnesota K-12 public schools (including charter schools), and are the focus of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA III) as well as the Graduation Required Assessment for Diploma (GRAD) in mathematics. There are many different forms of the standards as well as the Test Specifications that can be downloaded and used in schools and districts.

English Language Arts Standards

The study of Language Arts teaches students how to effectively communicate and to use related knowledge and contexts to synthesize information into meaningful messages. The 2010 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards - English Language Arts use the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects as a base. Additional standards were added to address state statutory requirements and best practices.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

New "national" standards are being written to serve as models for state science standards. The Minnesota science standards were revised in 2009 and by statute they are scheduled for the next revision in 2017-2018.  However, Minnesota is very interested in these Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and is serving as a lead state in there development.

This linked page contains resources and events related to  Minnesota's role in the Next Generation Science Standards. 

The presentation materials for Framework and NGSS events are included.

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