K12 Education

Quality Count, 2011 ranks Minnesota eighth in "Chance for Success" and ninth in K-12 Education, making the state an ideal place to start a successful career.

K-12 School Enrollment
The state has 52,734 full-time teachers, averaging 14 years of classroom experience. These teachers provide the foundation for a school system with nearly 2,560 schools and more than 901,000 students.

Minnesota K-12 School System (2009-2010)

School Type

Number
of Schools

Number of
Students

Public

1,992

823,826

Non-Public

567

77,202

Total

2,559

901,028


Source: Minnesota Education Statistics Summary, 2009-2010, Minnesota Department of Education.

Early Achievement
Minnesota schools help students succeed. In 2010, six Minnesota public schools were named Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. This award recognizes schools for helping students achieve high levels in education.

Minnesota's Eighth-Grade Student Achievement (2009)

Subject

Minnesota
Score

National Average Score

Minnesota
Rank

Math

294

282

2nd

Science

159

149

6th

Reading

270

262

7th


Source: Nation's Report Card. National Center for Education Statistics.

Advanced High School Coursework
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in 250 Minnesota high schools to prepare students to take exams offered by the College Board. Between 2009 and 2010, the number of students and subject exams increased.

Advanced Placement Exams in Minnesota (2009-2010)

Category

2009

2010

Percent Increase

Students

30,392

32,541

7 percent

Subject Areas

49,497

53,239

8 percent


Source: Advanced Placement , Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

The subject areas with the most number of exams in 2010 were: History, United States (6,819); English Literature and Composition (6,034); English Language and Composition (5,046); Calculus AB (4,888); and Statistics (3,635).

AP exams grades of 3 to 5 were achieved on 34,145 exams, an increase of eight percent from the previous year. An AP grade of at least 3, on a scale of 1 to 5, is an indicator of an ability to do successful work at most colleges.

International Baccalaureate
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a comprehensive two-year pre-college curriculum that is offered in high schools across the globe. In Minnesota, 12 high schools offer the IB diploma program.

The total number of IB exams taken in Minnesota has grown by more than 1,800 over the past five years. In May 2009, there were 2,193 IB candidates, and 4,550 IB exams were taken, according to the International Baccalaureate Organization.

High School Graduation Rates
Minnesota ranks second nationwide in the percentage of the population that has a high school diploma or equivalency (91.5 percent), according to 2009 rankings by the Census Bureau. The state also surpasses the national average by six percentage points.

College Entrance Exams
In Minnesota, the most commonly taken standardized college entrance exam is the ACT. Seventy percent of Minnesota high school graduates in 2010 took the assessment.

Minnesota's average composite score of 22.9 was the highest among the 27 states in which more than half the college-bound students took the test in 2010. The national score was 21.0.

From High School to College
In the Fall of 2009, there were 339,697 undergraduate students enrolled in Minnesota's postsecondary institutions. The majority were enrolled in a public community or technical college.

Minnesota's Undergraduate Enrollment in Postsecondary
Institutions (Fall 2009)

Type of College

Number of Students

Percent

Community and Technical Colleges

134,224

40%

Private Colleges and Universities

95,864

28%

State Universities

61,826

18%

University of Minnesota

47,783

14%

Total

339,697

100%


Source: Enrollment At A Glance, Minnesota Office of Higher Education.