Questions and Answers about the
Graduation Assessment Requirements
What are graduation assessment requirements?
In order to be eligible for a diploma from a
Minnesota public high school, students must fulfill graduation assessment
requirements. Based on the revisions to Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.30,
the graduation assessment requirements have changed and depend on what year
students were first enrolled in grade 8. Parents/guardians should contact their
student’s school for further information on requirements for graduation as the
school district awards the diploma.
In school year 2015–2016, how do grade 11 students and younger meet
graduation assessment requirements?
These students (first enrolled in grade 8 in
2012–2013 and later) are not required to achieve a specified score on an
assessment in order to graduate or meet graduation assessment requirements, but
districts have a number of requirements to fulfill for students’ career and
college planning, including:
Offering students in grades 11 and 12 an opportunity to
participate in a nationally recognized college entrance exam on a school day.
The state will pay for one college entrance exam for a student.
Monitoring students’ development of and growth in
career and college readiness.
Assisting students no later than grade 9 in exploration
and planning activities for career interests or postsecondary education.
Contact your student’s school for additional
information about career and college planning.
For more information,
Statewide Testing firstname.lastname@example.org
Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266