- Minnesota adopted Common Core State Standards for reading this year, issuing a letter to parents warning that their children's Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores may be lower than the previous year, but not to worry.
- The reading standards are the only part of the Common Core adopted by the state, which opted to stick with the math standards that it adopted in 2008 because it says they are more rigorous than the new national standards.
- Minnesota's math standards mandate students to learn math concepts earlier than the Common Core, with completion of Algebra I required by 8th grade and Algebra II by 10th grade, and some struggling students even take two math courses a day to keep up.
From the article:
... Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have accepted the Common Core standards that seek to improve student knowledge of math and reading. But Minnesota adopted the Common Core standards only in reading. The state will opt for its own math standards, as state education officials say they are more rigorous than the new national benchmarks. ...