Mathematics is a discipline whose basic ingredients are numbers, shapes, and algebraic relationships. Logical reasoning is used to study the properties of these objects and develop connections between them. The results can be used to understand and analyze a vast array of phenomena arising in all of the sciences, engineering and everyday life. For this reason, mathematics is often called the "language of science.” We support mathematics achievement for all learners by providing guidance and technical assistance on implementation of academic standards, current best practices, and multi-tiered systems of intervention.

For more information about Mathematics, contact Susan Wygant.

Standards, Assessments, and Graduation Requirements

The Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Mathematics are grounded in the belief that all students can and should be mathematically proficient. All students need to learn important mathematical concepts, skills and relationships with understanding. The standards describe a connected body of mathematical knowledge students learn through the processes of problem-solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representation. The standards are grouped by strands: 1) Number and Operation; 2) Algebra; 3) Geometry and Measurement; and 4) Data Analysis and Probability.

The mathematics standards were revised in 2007, with full implementation by the 2010-11 school year. Though the math standards were scheduled to be reviewed again during the 2015-16 school year, the review has been postponed. As passed in the spring 2015 first special legislative session, according to Chapter 3, H.F. 1, the math standards review has been postponed until 2021-22. Find the math standards documents below.

A Mathematics Benchmark Toolkit has been developed to help districts and schools review curriculum maps, make adjustments in the areas that have caused the most difficulty, and make sure teachers have what they need to ensure students are understanding the more difficult concepts.

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) III Mathematics exam assesses the mathematics standards in grades 3-8 and 11. There are also standards for literacy in science and technical subjects contained within the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in English Language Arts (2010). The MCAs and the Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) are state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria may take the MTAS. Read more about the MCAs and statewide assessments on the Statewide Testing page.

Graduation Requirements
The graduation requirements for mathematics include credit requirements and standards requirements. All students are required to satisfactorily complete three credits in mathematics encompassing the high school academic standards. Visit the Graduation Requirements page to learn more.

Professional Development Opportunities

2018-19 Math Leaders Networking Sessions 
MN Math Leaders Networking sessions are sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and MN Math Leaders, a committee of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM).

Target Audience: Administrators and teacher leaders who are passionate about leading change in mathematics education for all students. The networking meetings are open to anyone who is in a department or team, school, or district leadership position and are designed for leaders to give and receive support. 

April 4, 2019 -  Assessment as an Instructional Tool

Description: Groups will explore a variety of assessment practices and how these practices inform instruction in ways to improve student learning. We will also explore how data can inform practices that impact equity.

Presenters: Patti Bambenek, K-12 Math Specialist, Duluth Public Schools, Liz Stamson, Instructional Excellence Coordinator, Eden Prairie Public Schools, and Margaret Williams, Teaching and Learning Specialist for Elementary Mathematics, Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools. Note: Sessions are free, but registration is required. Register for the April 4 Math Leaders Networking Session. If you prefer to register by phone, please call Terry Alvarado at 651-582-8749. Meetings will be held 8:30-11:30 a.m. at MDE, Conference Center B   Directions to Conference Center B.

2019 MCTM Ross Taylor Symposium for Mathematics Education and Leadership
April 25, 2019, 9-3:30 p.m. DECC Convention Center, Duluth, Minnesota
Lead by Fawn Nguyen

As a full-time practicing classroom teacher, I will share with you what I implement in my classroom that covers a range of “critical thinking demands” to invite all students into a mathematics curriculum that is relevant and challenging, one that values procedural skills as well as conceptual understanding. We will work with visual patterns to develop algebraic reasoning and engage in number talks to develop number sense and flexible thinking. We will experience productive struggle through rich and challenging tasks that support the Standards for Mathematical Practice. We will implement a curriculum that endeavors to make math social, one that values collaboration and encourages play and risk-taking.

About Fawn
Fawn is a middle school math teacher at Mesa Union Junior High in southern California. She's been a classroom teacher since 1990. She was the 2014 Ventura County Teacher of the Year. In 2009, she was awarded the Math Teacher Hero from Raytheon. In 2005, she was awarded the Sarah D. Barder Fellowship from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. View more information and register for the MCTM Symposium. If you prefer to register by phone, please call Terry Alvarado at 651-582-8749.

2019 MCTM Spring Conference   
Building Bridges through Discourse, Equity, Identity, Mathematical Mindset, Social Justice, and Technology

April 26-27, 2019, DECC Convention Center, Duluth, Minnesota

The 2019 MCTM Spring Conference will open Friday morning with the keynote What If We’ve Been Teaching Mathematics All Wrong? by Fawn Nguyen. Following the breakout sessions Friday and half of Saturday, the conference will culminate with another keynote provided by MCTM Members Ignite! View more information and register for the MCTM Spring Conference.  If you prefer to register by phone, please call Terry Alvarado at 651-582-8749.

Special Projects and Initiatives

The Frameworks for Minnesota Mathematics and Science Standards is an online resource for use by educators for planning instruction, professional development, curriculum design and assessment. It provides instructional resources directly connected to each standard and sections focused on best practices and standards implementation. The website is a collaboration of MDE and SciMathMN, and reflects the expertise of teachers in identifying resources. View the frameworks.

getSTEM is a web portal that connects more than a thousand Minnesota educators and businesses. The website provides a sharing network, allowing schools to request materials and human resources, such as equipment, volunteers, speakers and judges. Businesses, in turn, offer materials, programs, and presentations to schools. getSTEM is a collaborative project of MDE and the Minnesota High Technology Council. Visit getSTEM and get started!

The Minnesota STEM Network is a project to improve STEM education in Minnesota by addressing critical issues and forming collaborations across the state. The project is sponsored by SciMathMN. Go to to read more.

Recognition and Awards Programs
The Minnesota Department of Education provides state coordination for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Two teachers from each state receive the award annually. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Honorees receive a monetary award as well as a week-long professional development opportunity in Washington, D.C. Visit the Presidential Awards for Excellence website.