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)
Connections to caring adults (Children and Youth)
Enrichment activities (Children and Youth)
Postsecondary completion (Workforce)
Educational attainment (Workforce)
Proportion of adults working (Workforce)

Generation Next

Generation Next and Compass are working together to identify data that will more quickly bring the community to effective actions. The Generation Next section provides in-depth data from cradle-to-career for students in Minneapolis-Saint Paul.

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

Earning a high school diploma: Lower-income students fare worse

For the past several years, the proportion of Minnesota students graduating on time has been on the rise. But, lower-income students consistently fare worse. In 2015, 90% of higher-income students graduated on time, while just 67% percent of lower-income students received their diplomas on time.

View: Graduation rates


Minnesota's school-age youth make up a large portion of our state's residents – almost 1 million people. Put another way – we’d need a fleet of nearly 13,000 school buses to get all those kids off to school at once. Here are a few things to know about youth across the state.

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