Pathways to Postsecondary - Phase II

Last year, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) collaborated to offer several “Pathways to Postsecondary” summits across the state. This year, your team is invited to explore opportunities for new or expanded partnerships between secondary and postsecondary systems to better prepare your students to be career- and college-ready. Summit schedule kicks-off in Bemidji on October 9. Six more dates and locations are scheduled around the state. Visit Ready, Set, Go to register online.

Getting a Head Start on Postsecondary

More Minnesota high school students took Advanced Placement exams this year than last year. According to information released by the College Board today, Minnesota’s commitment to expanding access to challenging course work has resulted in increased participation and success.“This is one more piece of good news for our kids, teachers and families that Minnesota is on the right path and making progress,” said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. Read news release. Visit College Board website.

Leading the Way -- Year After Year

This year, 131 schools are designated as Reward schools and 217 schools are classified as Celebration Eligible. Reward and Celebration Eligible schools are high-performing in the areas of student test scores, student growth, achievement gap reduction and graduation rates, and receive federal funds for children from low-income families. Forty of the Reward schools have received the honor three times and 20 have received it four times. “Some of our Reward schools are truly beating the odds, and many of them are doing it year after year,” said Commissioner Cassellius. View Rewards schools list. Visit web page for more.

Share Why You Chose

October is College Knowledge month! Visit the Governor's website to read the proclamation. Soon, thousands of Minnesota students will submit their first college application. Many will be the first person in their family to apply to a technical, 2-year, or 4-year college. To celebrate, we invite all Minnesotans to share their college story. Post a video, photo or statement on your favorite social media platform, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #MNwhyichose.

Kids Have All-Day to Read and Learn!

Erika Ruen's all-day kindergarten class enjoyed a surprise visit from Governor Mark Dayton and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius who joined them for an enthusiastic "read-aloud" demonstration. Brainerd Public School's Superintendent Klint Willert and Garfield Elementary Principal Jonathan Clark invited the governor and commissioner to join several teachers and school board members for a round table discussion on the benefits of all-day kindergarten following the classroom visit.

High school class engaged in learning 
H- High School Students Explore Postsecondary Options 
Two Young Students Focused on Reading
High School Students Submitting College Applications - Share Your College Story on Social Media 
Teacher Erika Ruen, Governor Mark Dayton and Commissioner Brenda Cassellius with Garfield Elementary All-day Kindergarten Class