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Minnesota Academic Standards: Some Complaints


Minnesota Department of Education Standards Page

Minnesota Department of Education main page for the Minnesota Academic Standards

Links to documents on the Minnesota Department of Education Web site very often break, so it might be necessary to start on the Department's main page when seeking information there.

As of June 2004, it appears that even the content of files on the Minnesota Department of Education Web site seems to be subject to change without notice. Thus, following links to documents there may yield different results at different times. Copies from this server should be stable.


2003 - 2004


Science Standards - Working Draft

Initial "Working Draft" of the Science Standard (If that link breaks, here is a copy from this server.)

Some complaints about the working draft. (Submitted, with some difficulty, to the Department.)


Science Standards - Final Draft

"Final Draft" ("Second Draft") of the Science Standard (If that link breaks, here is a copy from this server.)

"Minnesota Science Standards Minority Report" (If that link breaks, here is a copy from this server.) Apparently the only part of the Science Standard to generate any significant comment was the material related to evolution.

Some complaints about the final/second draft.


Science Standards - Legistative Drafts


Science Standards - Statute

Although it's difficult to discern from the Department's Web site, it appears that the 10 March 2004 Draft cited above (with a different format) is what was approved by the Legislature, now available as Final Science Standards - approved by Legislature, May 2004. (If that link breaks, here is a copy from this server.)

For those with the stamina for it, the Governor's press release touting the new standards may be found here. (A simplified ("printer-friendly") version is available from this server, here.)


Science Standards - A Point of Comparison

Readers interested in seeing a serious science standards document might consider the Virginia Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework. (If that link breaks, here is a copy from this server.)

Unlike the proposed Minnesota standards, this document from the Virginia Department of Education (all 400-plus pages of it) actually includes material which might be found in a high-school-level biology, chemistry, or physics class. (It even includes the use of the dreaded equal sign ("=").)


2008 - 2009


Science Standards, 2008 Revision - First Draft

Minnesota Academic Standards in Science--September, 2008 - DRAFT REVISION

Some complaints about the 2008 Revision - First Draft.


Science Standards, 2008 Revision - Second Draft

Minnesota Academic Standards in Science -- DRAFT 11.06.08

Some complaints about the 2008 Revision - Second Draft.


Science Standards, 2009 Revision - April Draft

Minnesota Academic Standards - Science K-12 - 2009 -- DRAFT for rulemaking process 4.27.09.

Some complaints about the 2009 Revision - April Draft.


Science Standards, 2009 Revision - July Draft

Minnesota Academic Standards - Science K-12 - 2009 -- DRAFT for rulemaking process 7.15.09.

(Note: As of 2009-08-14, the Department Of Education Web site offered this revised document as "013906.pdf", the same name used for the earlier draft. Error, bad judgement, or desire to hide the evidence? You decide.)

Minnesota Academic Standards in Science - Changes for Rulemaking -- July 15, 2009.

Some complaints about the 2009 Revision - July Draft.


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