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.

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).

These documents provide support for Minnesota Science Standards

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, assessment, and professional development for educators. This book identifies three dimensions that convey the disciplinary core ideas and practices around which science and engineering education in these grades should be built. These three dimensions are: cross-cutting concepts that unify the study of science and engineering through their common application across these fields; scientific and engineering practices; and core ideas in four disciplinary areas: physical sciences, life sciences, earth and space sciences, and engineering, technology, and the applications of science. The overarching goal is for all high school graduates to have sufficient knowledge of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on science-related issues; be careful consumers of scientific and technological information; and have the skills to enter the careers of their choice.

Framework for K-12 Science Education is the first step in a process that will inform state-level decisions and provide a research-grounded basis for improving science teaching and learning across the country. The book will guide standards developers, curriculum designers, assessment developers, teacher educators, state and district science administrators, teachers, and educators who work in informal science environments.


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.

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.