ST. PAUL — Minnesota's mathematics standards have been around longer than any other state's, and a national education reform group says they need to be updated sooner rather than later. The state's math benchmarks, essentially what students are expected to learn at each grade level, were part of a standards review conducted by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. Researchers found Minnesota's standards were outdated and lacked specificity. State leaders last updated the benchmarks in 2007, and in 2015 lawmakers delayed the next review until 2021.
ST. PAUL—The leader of Minnesota IT Services, one of the state agencies caught up in the troubled rollout of the new system for licensing and registering vehicles, is retiring in February citing health reasons. Commissioner Tom Baden announced his retirement plans Thursday. He's worked for the state of Minnesota for 36 years. "It has been the honor of a lifetime leading MNIT and watching us grow as an organization," Baden said in a message to staff. "It is goodbye with gratitude for my time spent serving alongside you in a life of public service."