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Goal: All Minnesota students graduate from high school and are prepared for postsecondary education.

Minnesota has long enjoyed a reputation for its high-quality public education, placing at or near the top in many nation-wide rankings and measures. But these encouraging statistics mask growing concerns of a widening achievement gap that is leaving many students unprepared for a successful future.

What's happening

We need to address education issues early in children’s lives and make sure academic progress continues through high school and beyond if we want our future workforce prepared for the challenges of a global economy. Currently:

  • 55% of 3rd graders are proficient in reading
  • 55% of 5th graders are proficient in science
  • 55% of 8th graders are proficient in math

Minnesota’s high school graduation rate has steadily marched upward, improving to 84 percent in 2018, and rates have improved across all races and ethnicitiesexcept Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander students. But in a  national comparison of graduation rates, Minnesota ranks in the bottom half of states. By racial and ethnic group, Minnesota ranks:

Making CRADLE-TO-CAREER connections

To complement major initiatives taking a broader, cradle-to-career approach to ensure success for all our children, the education measures can be viewed as part of a continuum. Use these measures throughout the site:
Early childhood screening (Early childhood)
Risk and Reach (Early Childhood)
Connections to caring adults (Children and Youth)
Enrichment activities (Children and Youth)
Postsecondary completion (Workforce)
Educational attainment (Workforce)
Proportion of adults working (Workforce)

STEM section

STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) section in Education topic: Find data, benchmarks, and best practices.

New & Noteworthy

Ruth Hamberg

A new white paper on gender disparities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) got Ruth Hamberg thinking about the benefits of STEM skills she has experienced and the importance of supporting all students in STEM subjects.