World Languages

The study of world languages prepares students to be linguistically and culturally competent and to communicate, work and collaborate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds at home and abroad. Speaking the language of others is essential for understanding their culture, and perspectives and for the global competency students need to be prepared for life and work in the 21st century. The Minnesota Department of Education supports world language achievement for all learners by providing guidance and technical assistance on implementation of academic standards, current literacy best practices, multi-tiered systems of intervention, and world language policy administration.

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Standards and Assessment 

Minnesota world language standards are locally developed but must be based on the most recent ACTFL world language standards. The Minnesota Department of Education provides a model that districts can use to develop local world language standards. School districts must use a locally selected assessment to determine if students have achieved standards in world languages.

Student Travel Incident Reporting

Minnesota Statutes, section 5A.03, subdivision 2, requires school districts and charter schools with enrolled students who participate in a foreign exchange or other travel abroad program to report to MDE by November 1, the number of Minnesota student deaths and hospitalizations due to accident or illness resulting from their participation in the foreign exchange or travel abroad program during the previous school year. For more information, email