Academic Standards (K-12)

Districts are required to put state standards into place so all students have access to high-quality content and instruction. Districts must develop local standards for subjects that do not have state standards. Resources are provided to help districts in this effort.

State standards are revised on a schedule approved by the Minnesota Legislature. You can follow the current revision process on this page (see revision schedule below). Please subscribe to this page to receive email notices when new information is added.

Rigorous Course Waiver
The rigorous course of study waiver is an opportunity for students to be waived from specific academic standards required for graduation. For more information, view the Rigorous Course of Study Waiver guidance document.

Science Education Standards Review Committee Chosen!

The Minnesota Department of Education has chosen the members of the Science Education Standards Review Committee. This committee will meet during the 2018-19 school year to review the current (2009) standards, gather feedback, and propose new standards. For more information, visit the Science Education Standards page.

Arts Education Standards Review Process

The second draft of the newly revised K-12 arts education standards is now available! To view the draft and more information, visit the Arts Education Standards page.

2018 Minnesota Academic Standards in Physical Education

The Minnesota Department of Education released the official 2018 Minnesota Academic Standards in Physical Education document on February 1, 2018. The standards are to be fully implemented in all Minnesota school districts by the 2021-22 school year. Full implementation of the standards is defined as:

  • By the 2021-22 school year, instruction in physical education in grades K-8 must include all the 2018 Minnesota physical education standards and grade-level benchmarks.
  • Instruction at the high school level must include all the 2018 Minnesota physical education standards and grade-level benchmarks for grades 9-12 beginning with the 2021-22 freshman (9th grade) class.
  • All school districts are required to develop assessments to ensure students are meeting the benchmarks.

To view the standards, the Recommended Physical Education Transition Timeline and more information, visit the Physical Education Standards page.

Minnesota Kindergarten Academic Standards

The Minnesota Kindergarten Academic Standards contain all of the state academic standards for kindergarten in the following content areas: Arts (2008), English Language Arts (2010), Mathematics (2007), Science (2009) and Social Studies (2011). A short overview is provided in each content area as well as information about how the standards are organized. The standards in this document are a reference to the official versions of the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards.