Standards Based Learning Goals


The standards are a starting point for educational equity.

By defining the knowledge and skills all students are expected to learn in school, Minnesota’s K-12 Academic Standards and Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs), provide the basis for educational equity across the state. School districts are required to put standards in place so all students have access to high-quality content and instruction.

Schools and districts determine how their students will demonstrate mastery of the standards by developing courses, curriculum, and instructional materials.

The expectations for learning are the foundation of assessment.

The expectations for learning are defined by the standards, and are reference points to which assessment results can be used guide decisions about teaching and learning. 

  • Progress toward long-term goals and progressions across grades are best measured by summative assessments and/or interim assessments aligned to the standards at the classroom or school level. 
  • Learning goals that are smaller in scope should be articulated for all lessons based on the standards. Measurement of learning this smaller level is typically accomplished by formative assessment.
  • Learning intentions must be clear to all stakeholders, including students. Communicating learning goals effectively involves outlining success criteria, so all students understand what mastery of the standards looks like.

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  • Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards 
  • 2007 Mathematics Standards Progression Across Grades - 4/29/22
    • This document provides The Minnesota K–12 Academic Standards in Mathematics in a format that shows progressions of the standards across grades. A graphic is provided to highlight a visual progression across grades, followed by the standards and benchmarks for each progression.
    • Video Overview of Math Progressions document - 2/23/21
    • This video explains three ways math educators can use the 2007 Mathematics Standards Progression Across Grades document.
  • Understanding Learning Targets - 1/9/20
    • Learn the importance of using learning targets by watching two classroom demonstrations. Identify an audience and purpose for a learning target and write one for a classroom lesson or unit.
  • Standards Portal
    • The Standards Portal helps teams of educators implement policies, programs and practices that systematically impact teaching, learning and assessment so that all students achieve Minnesota's K-12 academic standards.
  • K-12 Academic Standards Online Training Modules
    • These modules are designed to guide educators, both individuals and teams, through a process for implementing a set of standards, from understanding the standards to examining student work. A module may include a protocol, discussion guide, video classroom demonstration or a link to resources.
  • WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards 
    • ACCESS for ELLs is a large-scale assessment of English language proficiency based on the Minnesota Standards for English Language Development, developed by the WIDA Consortium. WIDA's standards outline the progression of English language development and exemplify how to teach academic language within the context of content area instruction.