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.

English Language Arts (ELA) Standards Review Committee Selected

The Minnesota Department of Education is pleased to announce the formation of the 2019-20 Minnesota K-12 ELA Education Standards Committee. As required by state law, this committee will review the current (2010) K-12 ELA standards during the 2019-20 school year. For more information, visit the ELA webpage

Science Education Standards Review Process – Committee's Recommended Draft to Commissioner Now Available!

The recommended draft of the 2019 Minnesota K-12 Science Education Standards is now available. The date by which all schools must implement the new standards will be determined during the rulemaking process. For more information, visit the Science Education Standards page.

Transition to 2018 Arts Standards

MDE and the Perpich Center for Arts Education are partnering to develop supports and materials to aid local education agencies and arts educators in the transition to the 2018 arts standards. For more information, visit the Arts Education Standards page.

2018 Minnesota Academic Standards in Physical Education

New! Physical Education Sample Assessments
As requested by the Minnesota State Legislature (Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.021), the Minnesota Department of Education has released some sample assessments for measuring student performance aligned with the 2018 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Physical Education and Grade-Level Benchmarks. To view the sample assessments 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.


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