Welcome Back!

I want to offer Minnesota teachers, support staff and school leaders a warm welcome as we start a brand new school year! I know everyone at the Minnesota Department of Education is anxious to work with all of you to make this school year a great one for our students. As you know we have some big changes coming this year—from full-day kindergarten implementation to delivering nutritious free lunch to our students who can't afford it. Read full message from Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.

Making Good Minds Great

STEM of Minnesota, a redevelopment of www.mn-stem.com launched during STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair! This web portal contains information and a host of links intended to engage parents, families, educators and young people and provide quick access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) resources, including high-quality STEM learning opportunities in-school and out-of-school. It will serve as the hub for Minnesota’s STEM resources. Thanks to our partners: Boston Scientific and the Minnesota High Tech Association. Visit the new STEM portal.

Steady Improvement on MCAs

The Minnesota Department of Education released the results today of the 2014 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs). "We are seeing steady improvement in student achievement. The trend line is up, and that’s progress,” Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said. “This kind of change is exactly what we hope to see as our teachers master how to best teach our tougher standards, so each student approaches the test confident and fully prepared. Read news release.

Students Outperform Nation on ACT

Minnesota's high school seniors are top in the nation on the ACT for the ninth year in a row among states in which at least 50 percent of graduates took the test. They achieved an average score of 22.9 on the college entrance exam, compared to the national average of 21. Kids are doing better in English, Reading, Math and Science as well; 39 percent of Minnesota students met the benchmarks, compared to 26 percent nationally. Read the press release. Check out the national and state ACT Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014 reports.

Paying for College!

Check out Paying for College: How Minnesota families make it happen. This video, from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education in partnership with the Minnesota Private College Fund and Twin Cities Public Television, is packed with advice and helpful suggestions from local experts about financing your education. Learn about the variety of ways Minnesota families can cover the costs of a college education.

Classic Red Brick School Building with U.S. Flag 
STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair 
Students in Hallway Between Classes 
Class of 2014 photo
High School Students Explore Postsecondary and Financial-Aid Options