Beginning in 2009, Minnesota State and Minnesota Department of Education led a collaborative initiative focused on technical skill assessments in career and technical education programs offered in high schools and colleges throughout the state. This initiative provides teachers, administrators, and policy makers with valid and reliable information about student technical skill achievement. It is also useful for improving program quality, creating strong connections between high school and college programs, and communicating to employers the value of career and technical education programs in preparing students to enter the workforce.

The list of state-approved technical skill assessments, core competencies, and assessment blueprints below are updated every five years.

Minnesota Career Cluster Occupations

These career cluster occupations were last updated on August 2017.

Architecture and Construction (215 KB .pdf)
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (167 KB .pdf)
Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications (147 KB .pdf)
Business, Management, and Administration (205 KB .pdf)
Education and Training (205 KB .pdf)
Finance (181 KB .pdf)
Government and Public Administration (191 KB .pdf)
Health Science (160 KB .pdf)
Hospitality and Tourism (137 KB .pdf)
Human Services (221 KB .pdf)
Information Technology (89 KB .pdf)
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (198 KB .pdf)
Manufacturing (107 KB .pdf)
Marketing (230 KB .pdf)
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (99 KB .pdf)
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (225 KB .pdf) 

Career Pathway Approved Assessments

Each document contains a list of state approved assessments, core competencies and the assessment blueprint. If you notice a broken link, missing information, etc. please notify Jared Reise at 651-201-1711 or jared.reise@minnstate.edu.

FOUNDATION KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

AGRICULTURE, FOOD, & NATURAL RESOURCES
ARTS, COMMUNICATIONS, & INFORMATION SYSTEMS
BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT,& ADMINISTRATION
ENGINEERING, MANUFACTURING, & TECHNOLOGY
HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY
HUMAN SERVICES

Resources for Administrators