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Minnesota ABE Content Standards

As part of our transition to a standards-based system and in order to comply with WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) requirements, Minnesota has adopted the College & Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS), along with the ACES Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) and the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards, as our content standards for ABE. (Visit for more information on Northstar.)


As seen in the visual above, the business of Adult Basic Education is helping students attain basic skills, professional/soft skills, and digital literacy skills in order to transition into whatever is next for them. This is the “what” of instruction in ABE.

All of these skills are taught against a backdrop (here in blue) of content, the subject matter being taught. This backdrop might be life skills, if teachers are working with new arrivals to the US for example, or it may be occupational in nature, or focused on science or social studies if preparing students for GED or a secondary diploma. Content might also include civics, citizenship, or family literacy, depending on the program and context.

CCRS for Adult Education

The College & Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS) is the document that lays out the standards for English Language Arts/Literacy, Math, and Foundational Reading Skills. It forms the foundation of the CCRS Implementation Cohort, a year-long MN ABE professional development activity that prepares program teams to align curriculum and instruction to the CCR Standards and develop a long-term standards implementation plan for their program (see more information below).

The CCRS document itself is divided into two sections:

  • English Language Arts and Literacy (ELA): found on pages 9-43
  • Mathematics: found on pages 44-84

Online Courses

CCRS Foundations Online Course

This free online Schoology course provides an introduction to the CCR standards for English Language Arts/Literacy or Mathematics in a self-paced format. Participants can complete the entire course for ELA and/or Mathematics, or access specific topics for a refresher or further practice.

This course meets the prerequisite requirement for several MN ABE professional development activities, including the CCRS Implementation Cohort.


CCRS Foundations Workshops

These face-to-face workshops engage participants in a guided exploration of the CCR standards for ELA (English Language Arts/Literacy) or Mathematics.

These workshops meet the prerequisite requirement for several MN ABE professional development activities, including the CCRS Implementation Cohort and Adult Diploma Training.


CCRS Implementation Cohort

The CCRS Implementation Cohort is a year-long, intensive professional development activity. It prepares program teams to align curriculum and instruction to the CCR standards, develop a long-term standards implementation plan for their program, and, ultimately, improve learning outcomes for students. Participation in the cohort is done at the program level; individuals do not apply, but rather their programs do.

Content Standards Integration (CSI) Cohort

The Content Standards Integration (CSI) Cohort is a 4-month professional development activity designed to help instructors build confidence and familiarity with integrating all three sets of MN ABE Content Standards into their curriculum and instruction. Unlike the CCRS Implementation Cohort, for which programs apply, individuals may apply to participate in CSI.

New CCR Standards Resources

Math CCRS Evaluation & High Value Action Alignment Tool

Use this tool to determine a resource’s (curriculum, text, lesson, book, etc.) level of CCRS alignment and to identify specific high-value actions to improve a resource’s alignment to the CCRS. Use the embedded note sheet to record your thoughts.

Sample Program Implementation Plans

This is a collection of sample CCRS Program Implementation Plans from across Minnesota Adult Education. These programs operate in multiple contexts – rural, suburban, urban, single-site, multi-site, within community-based organizations, and much more.

Remote Instruction Resources – Math

See the Remote Instruction section under Instructional Resources in the ATLAS online Numeracy library for remote math/numeracy instructional resources.
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CCRS Cohort Applications Due June 1, 2022!

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Upcoming ABE Events

November 28, 2022 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Minnesota Department of Education

HiSET Content Overview Series: Reading Comprehension, Writing and Mathematics


Registration Deadlines: on the day of each webinar in the series Join us for a three-part, hands-on workshop on Language Arts Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Mathematics. This is a “tools you can use” attendee participation presentation with practical examples and strategies for improving test taker pass rates. Part 1… Learn More

November 29, 2022 1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Adult Career Pathways / IET Networking Series


Registration Deadline: TUE. 11/29/22 Join ATLAS and ABE professionals around Minnesota for the first of three career-cluster networking sessions. Each webinar will have a primary facilitator to guide discussions and networking in specific career clusters that include: Community Interpreter Training (CIT) Education: ParaPro and Child Development Associate (CDA)… Learn More

November 29, 2022 2:30 pm–4:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota

BASE SEL Courses Overview


Registration Deadline: TUE. 11/29/22 Attend this training to learn about the new BASE SEL (social and emotional learning) courses for Minnesota Adult Education. Courses are available for learners as well as for staff and cover a wide variety of topics, including: Mindfulness Motivation Anxiety LGBTQIA issues Digital Citizenship… Learn More