Policies: PK-12 Systems and Benchmarks
K-12 Academic Standards
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. Learn more about Academic Standards. State standards are revised on a schedule approved by the Minnesota Legislature. You can follow the revision process for each subject area on the Academic Standards page. Please subscribe to the page to receive e-mail notices when new information is added.

Arts
Learn more about Arts Education in Minnesota.

Health and Physical Education
In 2003 the Legislature required that all school districts adopt local standards for health and physical education. The 2010 law requires districts to adopt statewide physical education standards. Download Frequently Asked Questions about the 2010 Healthy Kids Bill.

The National Physical Education Standards and Minnesota Benchmarks identify grade-specific benchmarks for grades K-12 in physical education that districts may use as a guide. Download the Physical Education standards.

The National Health Education Standards and Minnesota Benchmarks identify grade-specific benchmarks for grades K-12 in health education that districts may use as a guide to develop local standards. Download the Health Education standards.

English Language Arts
The Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in English Language Arts (2010) must be implemented by schools no later than the 2012-13 school year. Minnesota additions to the Common Core Standards are noted in boldface type. Download the English Language Arts standards.

Mathematics
Visit the Mathematics standards page for more information.

Science

Visit the Science standards page for more information.

Social Studies
After a year-long review process, the proposed revision of the 2004 social studies standards is now complete. The Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies and a frequently asked questions document on the standards review process are available on the Social Studies standards page. For information on the status of the Social Studies Academic Standards and the rulemaking process, please visit the Social Studies Standards Rulemaking Page