Minnesota students are required to complete three kinds of requirements by the time they graduate. Students must:
Students complete the academic standards by taking a core course of study that equips them with the knowledge and skills they need for success in postsecondary education, highly skilled work, and civic life. In order to graduate, your child’s high school coursework must include at least the minimum state course credit requirements. A course credit is equivalent to a student successfully completing an academic year of study or mastering the subject matter, as determined by the local school district. Students must complete a minimum of 21.5 course credits as follows:
An agriculture course may fulfill a general science credit requirement. A CTE course may fulfill a general science, mathematics, or arts credit requirement. School districts may require additional course credits or other requirements for graduation beyond the minimum required by the state.
Graduation Assessment Requirements
Based on new legislation, the graduation assessment requirements have changed. Visit the Minnesota Tests web page.
Read Functional Requirements: 2013 Minnesota Graduation Rates to learn how Minnesota's graduation rates are calculated.