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! 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. Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said "It is an incredible achievement that would not be possible without Minnesota’s dedicated teachers and students." 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.

Tracking Student Postsecondary Success!

Ever wondered how many Minnesota high school graduates go on to college? How long they stayed? And how many graduated? Check out the new data site developed as a joint effort by Minnesota's Office of Higher Education, the Department of Education and the Department of Employment and Economic Development. "This new tool will inform our continuous improvement, accountability, research, evaluation and decision making," said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. Read press release on Office of Higher Education website.

Summer Learning Opportunities!

Have you heard about summer learning loss? To keep Minnesota kids learning throughout summer, Metametrics (R) has teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Education to offer exciting and fun challenges to help students retain the math and reading skills they learned this past school year, while ramping up their skills for next fall. These programs are free, self-directed opportunties that parents and students can have fun with together. Visit our Summer Learning page for more.

Students in Hallway Between Classes 
Class of 2014 photo
High School Students Explore Postsecondary and Financial-Aid Options 
Students Graduates  in Cap and Gown with Diploma 
Two youngsters reading and writing in the backyard