Standards-based Education

    • Academic standards in mathematics, language arts (reading and writing), science, social studies, the arts, and physical education are designed to help students succeed in college and careers of the 22nd century. In Minnesota, academic standards are revised no more than every nine years by a diverse committee of stakeholders that includes teachers, administrators, parents, and business owners. Also during the development of the standards, the Commissioner of Education holds public meetings around the state to gather feedback and input. 
    • The standards create consistent, high expectations for all students, no matter where they live, and help ensure that students do not fall behind their peers. Standards-based education and ensuring that educators and other stakeholders have common expectations for all learners regardless of gender, race, or community. Having common understanding of student expectations across states and school districts allows for more professional collaboration, sharing of curriculum resources, and measurement of student achievement. It is important to note districts and schools choose their own textbooks and instructional materials, provide teachers with tailored professional development, and designs supports and interventions to help students reach proficiency.
    • Now more than ever, the economic climate demands innovative thinking, collaboration, high expectations, and a willingness to learn from the past and move purposefully forward.

    For more information: 
    Patrick Duffy, Director of Curriculum & Instruction