Minnesota Adult Basic Education

About Minnesota ABE

Minnesota Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a state-wide system that serves approximately 65,000 adults annually. ABE students are working towards a high school credential, learning English, improving basic skills such as literacy and math, and/or preparing for post-secondary education or employment. ABE is funded with both federal and state funds, and services are delivered through a network of 39 consortia comprising all Minnesota school districts as well as other partners including the correctional system and community-based organizations.

Minnesota Adult Basic Education Office Equity Statement

The state Adult Basic Education (ABE) office is committed to creating educational equity.

  • We commit to recognizing the historical conditions and barriers that have prevented opportunity and success in learning for students based on their race, class, and other identities.
  • We commit to working to dismantle the belief in a hierarchy of human value, with a focus on racial equity.
  • We commit to fostering positive and effective learning environments for all by eliminating institutional policies that uphold oppressive systems of power and privilege.
  • We commit to collaboratively creating a learning community within the ABE system that promotes opportunities for self-reflection, growth, and change.

We see ABE as key to building educated, engaged, and just communities for all Minnesotans.

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COVID-19 and Minnesota ABE

MDE ABE State Office Communications

Statement Ending COVID-related Exemption from NRS Testing (sent out via email on August 11, 2021)

Statement on Adult Education Student Eligibility and Distance Learning (sent out via email on December 14, 2020)

Statement on Contact Hour Reporting for FY22 State and Federal ABE Funding (sent out via email on September 23, 2020)

Statement Regarding Temporarily Waiving the 12-hour Training Requirement for Volunteers (sent out via email on August 18, 2020, replacing the statement from May 18, 2020)

Statement Regarding COVID-Related Exemptions to NRS Testing and Temporarily Lifting 12-Hour Restriction for Students without a Pre-Test (sent out via email on June 11, 2020)

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and ABE Programs (May 21, 2020)

Statement on ABE Programming for Summer 2020 (sent out via email on May 19, 2020)

Statement Approving Remote Testing (sent out via email on May 14, 2020)

Statement on Permitting GED Testing in Public School Buildings (sent out via email on May 6, 2020)

Statement regarding Continued School Closures and Future ABE Funding (sent out via email on April 28, 2020)

Statement regarding Minnesota Adult Basic Education Services and COVID-19 (sent out via email on March 17, 2020)