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Updates to the Minnesota Report Card

December 12, 2018

The amount of data available to families and Minnesotans about our schools and districts can be overwhelming. We created the Minnesota Report Card more than four years ago to help Minnesotans better find and understand information about our schools, and now, the report card is getting an update. Some of the changes are required as part of new federal legislation, and many changes were designed after extensive stakeholder engagement with a sharp focus on better serving parents and families. Stakeholders strongly desired that we minimize jargon, improve the organization, and increase the availability of the kind of data parents and families want to see.

We have been working on these changes for many months, and we are excited to launch the new and improved site. To make these changes, the report card will be taken offline on Thursday, December 13 at noon, and will be back online at 8 a.m. Friday, December 14.

Updates include:

· Reorienting the site’s navigation around questions a parent might ask about a school. For example, data about test results will be found by selecting the question, “Are students mastering standards?” School staffing data are found by selecting, “Who works here?”
· A new “My School” report features a message to families from the school, providing information about a school that might not be evident by simply looking at data. This report will also include a selection of the most commonly looked up school data, such as academic indicators, graduation rates and school climate information.
· New information on preschool participation. See your elementary school’s or Head Start agency’s information in total or by specific student

Very soon, more information than ever before on the report card will be available in Spanish, Hmong and Somali, in addition to English. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and state statutes require certain information to be available on our state’s report card, and more updates will be coming over the next year. Reports related to student discipline will become available in the Minnesota Report Card this coming spring, and school financial data will be available in spring 2020.

Opportunities to provide input on financial reporting

We are in the process of gathering comments from stakeholders about what they would like to see in the financial reporting section of the Minnesota Report Card, and we would love to hear your opinions and suggestions. Please let us know of any community or organization meetings we can attend to present information about the financial reports and gather input from your group. If you have a meeting you would like us to attend in the next few months, please contact