Minnesota



State Governance

State Board of Education

The Minnesota state board of education existed by statute, but was abolished by the legislature as of December 31, 1999.

Governor

Mark Dayton (D)

Chief State School Officer

Brenda Cassellius

Appointed by the governor

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 38.4%

English Language Learners: 7.6%

Served by IDEA: 14.6%

2015 NAEP State Data

Below find the Reading data for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015. Additional national average data is included in the graph.

Mathematics:

Below find the Mathematics data for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015. Additional national average data is included in the graph.

Science:

Graduation Rates

The graduation rate gap between American Indian/Alaska Native students and their White peers is 35 percentage points, compared to 12 percentage points for the nation.

Adjusted cohort graduation rate between 2011 and 2015.

 

Charter Schools

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 1991

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 158

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 45,322

Charter School Cap Law: None.

ESSA Plan & Implementation

Minnesota intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. Learn more about Minnesota’s ESSA approach.