Links for Laws and Statistics
Reading definitions (federal):
United States Code, Title 20 - Education, Chapter 70 - Strengthening and Improvement of Elementary and Secondary Schools, Subchapter I - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvangaged, Sec. 6368 - Definitions (2012):
The term ‘‘reading’’ means a complex system of deriving meaning from print that requires all of the following:
(A) The skills and knowledge to understand how phonemes, or speech sounds, are connected to print.
(B) The ability to decode unfamiliar words.
(C) The ability to read fluently.
(D) Sufficient background information and vocabulary to foster reading comprehension.
(E) The development of appropriate active strategies to construct meaning from print.
(F) The development and maintenance of a motivation to read."
Want to see how well students in Minnesota are doing with reading? Check out the Minnesota Report Card (2019).
2019 Reading: 178,543 out of 441,821 (40.4%) students tested did NOT meet reading proficiency on the MCA-III testing.
The NAEP looks at reading across the United States. In 2019, only 38% of MN 4th graders tested proficient in reading.
2019, Grade 4 Reading, MN Overview: 31% of students were below NAEP basic in reading; 62% were below NAEP proficient in reading.
2019, Grade 8 Reading, MN Overview: 26% of students were below NAEP basic in reading; 66% were below NAEP proficient in reading.
You can explore their data here.
This links to our webpage with dyslexia specific rules and statutes.
MN Academic Standards (K-12)
MDE (MN Department of Education) outlines what should be taught by subject/grade.
MN Administrative Rules for Teacher Licensure
Teacher Licensure falls under PELSB (Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board)
- Standards of Effective Practice (SEP) for Teachers: MN Administrative Rule 8710.2000
- Teacher Standards for content areas are defined in MN Administrative Rules, Chapter 8710
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