Brief | January 8, 2018

Minnesota’s K-12 Academic Standards Will Bolster Its Future Success

How Minnesota’s education standards and aligned assessments will help make young Minnesotans workforce-ready, military-eligible and crime-free

What happens in our classrooms today will determine Minnesota’s future success. But some signs are troubling. For example, only 48 percent of Minnesota 8th graders are proficient in math and just 40 percent are proficient in reading. If our young people are not well-educated, they will not be ready for college or careers, including careers in the military, and will be more likely to turn to crime.

Educational barriers are a leading reason that 71% of young Americans are unable to serve in the military. Minnesota’s K-12 Academic Standards establish what children should know at each grade level so that they are prepared to succeed in their career, higher education, or military service, should they choose to serve.


Minnesota’s strong academic standards and aligned assessments can help ensure that students are receiving a high-quality education, so all students are prepared for success in postsecondary education, the civilian workforce, or the military, if they choose to serve.

This report outlines why the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards, along with aligned assessments, are the clearest way to demonstrate Minnesota’s commitment to a world-class education and show measurable results.


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