From the MN Department of Education:
The Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards are the statewide expectations for student learning in K-12 public schools. School districts are required to put state standards into place so all students have access to high-quality content and instruction.
An academic standard is a summary description of student learning in a content area. Academic standards are comprised of one or more benchmarks. A benchmark supplements the standard and is the specific knowledge or skill that a student must master to complete part of an academic standard by the end of a grade level or grade band. Read Understanding Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards.
Minnesota’s academic standards are reviewed and revised on a 10-year cycle. One content area of academic standards is reviewed and revised each year based on a schedule approved by the Minnesota legislature. Learn more about the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards Development Process.
To learn more about the Minnesota academic standards that drive our curriculum, please visit the Minnesota Department of Education website.