Current MN Rules and Statutes

MN Administrative Rules:

Minnesota Teacher Standards and Academic Standards:

PELSB (Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board)

MN Administrative Rules for qualifying for an IEP:

  • Minnesota Administrative Rule 3525.1341 follows the Federal IDEA law and outlines the qualifying criteria for eligibility under SLD. Note that a child can qualify in two ways  -- either from a 1.75 standard deviation below the mean (see Subp. 2. C) or from an inadequate rate of progress (see Subp. 2. D). A child must meet criteria in Subp. 2. A, B, and C or A, B, and D.
  • Minnesota Administrative Rule 3525.1354 "Team Override on Eligibility Decisions".
  • Chapter 3525 outlines rules for "Children with a Disability"


125A.01 defines dyslexia.

120B.12 outlines Read Well by Third Grade. This includes the Local Literacy Plan that every school district must develop and post on its website. Also, it includes mandatory screening dyslexia requirements for students not reading at grade level (effective July 2020).

125A.56, subdivision 1 describes alternate instruction to be provided to a child not reading at grade level. If a child does not respond well to intervention, see MN Rule 3525.1341 listed in the section below for IEP qualification guidelines. 

122A.06 subdivision 4  defines terms for phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension.

122A.092 Teacher preparation programs must include instruction on dyslexia.

120B.122 Dyslexia Specialist

120A Minnesota's Education Code 

120A.03 The MN Department of Education's Mission Statement:

"The mission of public education in Minnesota, a system for lifelong learning, is to ensure individual academic achievement, an informed citizenry, and a highly productive work force. This system focuses on the learner, promotes and values diversity, provides participatory decision making, ensures accountability, models democratic principles, creates and sustains a climate for change, provides personalized learning environments, encourages learners to reach their maximum potential, and integrates and coordinates human services for learners. The public schools of this state shall serve the needs of the students by cooperating with the students' parents and legal guardians to develop the students' intellectual capabilities and lifework skills in a safe and positive environment. It is part of the department's mission that within the department's resources the commissioner shall endeavor to:

(1) prevent the waste or unnecessary spending of public money;

(2) use innovative fiscal and human resource practices to manage the state's resources and operate the department as efficiently as possible;

(3) coordinate the department's activities wherever appropriate with the activities of other governmental agencies;

(4) use technology where appropriate to increase agency productivity, improve customer service, increase public access to information about government, and increase public participation in the business of government;

(5) utilize constructive and cooperative labor-management practices to the extent otherwise required by chapters 43A and 179A;

(6) report to the legislature on the performance of agency operations and the accomplishment of agency goals in the agency's biennial budget according to section 16A.10, subdivision 1; and

(7) recommend to the legislature appropriate changes in law necessary to carry out the mission and improve the performance of the department." (current as of Jan 2021)