Overview

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:

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! STEM white papers on race, income, and gender disparities.

Featured trend

Minnesota High school students graduating on time
education trend

High school graduation rates rise

Over the past decade, the proportion of Minnesota students graduating from high school on time has increased by nearly 7 percentage points. Black and Hispanic students' on-time graduation rates have each increased by 24 percentage points in the past decade, from 41 percent in 2006 to 65 percent in 2016. Graduation rates continue to be lower for Minnesota students of color than white students.

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Insights

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.

Minnesota Compass

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