Data Practices
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) collects and maintains a great deal of information about P-12 education in the state of Minnesota, including:
  • Data about individual students.
  • School finance data.
  • Teacher licensing data.
  • School performance data.
  • Facilities data.
  • Data required for federal reporting and compliance.
  • Agency administrative and operational data.
Some of this data is classified by law as public data, which means that anyone has a right to access it. Some MDE data is classified as private data about individuals, or other nonpublic data, which means that the data is not available to the public without the data subject's consent.

Data Request Policy
MDE strives to make as much of this data as possible available to the public so that the community can make informed decisions about education in Minnesota. Much of the public data maintained by MDE is available at any time on its website. This easily available, accessible data includes summary data prepared from private data about individual students, to show how students in Minnesota are performing in school without revealing private data about individual students. MDE updates the information available on its website regularly; however, it cannot guarantee that the data on its website is always the most current data the agency holds.

Meeting the information needs of the public is one of MDE’s most important functions as a state agency. Therefore, subject to the requirements of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and other applicable state and federal laws, MDE will respond to citizen requests for data in a timely, cost-effective and complete manner.