Minnesota Student Survey

The Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) is a triennial survey of young people regarding a variety of risk and protective factors. The survey asks young people questions about their activities, opinions, behaviors and experiences. It includes questions on an array of issues, such as substance abuse, school climate, violence and safety concerns, healthy eating, out-of-school activities, connections to school, community and family and many other questions. The survey is administered in schools, alternative learning centers and juvenile correctional facilities. The purpose of the survey has been to:

  • Provide data for program planning and evaluation.
  • Meet state and federal student survey requirements.
  • Address relevant issues confronting students.
  • Mark trends over time.
  • Involve schools/other educational settings statewide and provide data for local use.

The 2013 MSS was administered in the first half of 2013 to public school students in grades 5, 8, 9 and 11, statewide. All public school districts in Minnesota were invited to participate. Of the 334 public operating districts, 280 agreed to participate (84 percent of public operating school districts).

Public school student participation was voluntary and surveys were anonymous. Across the state, approximately 66 percent of fifth graders, 71 percent of eighth graders, 69 percent of ninth graders and 62 percent of eleventh graders participated in the 2013 MSS. Overall participation across the four grades was approximately 67 percent of total enrollment.

All schools and districts that participated in the survey followed federal laws regarding parental notification as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA). PPRA requires that schools that participate in the survey notify parents of the survey administration, provide parents the opportunity to review the survey instrument, and allow parents to opt their child out of participating.

The survey is made possible through a partnership between the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services and Public Safety. These agencies provide funding and staff time to develop, administer and analyze the survey.

View MSS state and district data here

The Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services and Public Safety will be sponsoring several online training opportunities focusing on the results of the 2013 MSS. These online presentations will not only include the most recent findings, but also how to best learn from your local results and ways to present your local data. More information, including how to register for these training opportunities, will be posted here as it becomes available. 

The following seven webinars highlight results from the 2013 Minnesota Student Survey:
Module 1: Introduction and Background
Module 2: Education
Module 3: Health
Module 4: Adverse Childhood Experiences
Module 5: Problematic Behaviors
Module 6: Substance Use
Module 7: Emotional and Mental Health