Press Releases

The Communications Office develops, coordinates and disseminates news and messages from the Minnesota Department of Education and is responsible for media relations, outreach efforts and internal communications.

You will find the latest developments, announcements, and statements from the Commissioner here on a range of topics including: academic standards and achievement, test results, innovative programs, data-driven strategies, best practices, resources for students and families, and streamlined support and services for educators, schools and districts.

Media Contacts
Reporters and education writers may contact the department's communications director by phone at 651-582-8205.

Minnesota Students Continue to Outperform the Nation on ACT- 10/16/2018
Minnesota students again topped the nation on the ACT college entrance exam, among the 19 states where 90 percent or more students took the college entrance exam, earning a composite score of 21.3. Nationally, 55 percent of 2018 graduates took the ACT, earning an average composite score of 20.8.

U.S. Department of Education Recognizes Eight Minnesota Schools as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools- 10/3/2018
The U.S. Department of Education recognized eight Minnesota schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018, based on their overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups.

$25 million in Safety Grants Awarded to Minnesota Schools- 10/1/2018
The Minnesota Department of Education announced that 90 Minnesota public schools districts or charter schools were awarded school safety grants to be used for security and violence prevention improvements at 123 building sites across the state. The funds may be used to predesign, design, construct, furnish and equip school facilities, including renovating and expanding existing buildings. The Minnesota Department of Education received a total of 1,187 complete applications, requesting $255.5 million—more than 10 times the available amount of funding.

Minnesota Recognizes 526 Schools for Excellence, Prioritizes Schools for Support to Improve Students’ Educational Experiences- 8/30/2018
The Minnesota Department of Education recognized 526 public schools across the state as top performers in multiple areas of progress in school performance. The recognition is a key part of the state’s new North Star accountability system that aims to create more equitable and well-rounded learning opportunities for all students across the state. Data released also guided the state in prioritizing 485 schools that will receive varying levels of support over the next three years.

Applications for School Safety Grants Open August 29- 7/19/2018
This summer, $25 million in grants to improve school safety will be available for school districts and charter schools across Minnesota. Governor Dayton and the 2018 Legislature passed school safety grants this spring, to be used for building improvements related to violence prevention and facility security.

New Mobile App Connects Families and Students with Free Summer Meals- 6/29/2018
The app, called Summer Eats Minnesota, is powered by GPS to show locations of summer food sites, their menus, and days and hours of operation.

Minnesota's distinguished high school students honored for exemplary levels of performance- 5/25/2018
Fifty-three distinguished Minnesota high school students were honored at the Scholars of Distinction award program in the areas of Science, STEM, mathematics, Social Studies, Leadership and Theater Arts. 

U.S. Department of Education recognizes 2018 Green Ribbon Schhols- 5/16/2018
The U.S. Department of Education announced the 2018 Green Ribbon Schools, honoring schools across the nation that are leading the way in reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring high-quality environmental education programming. 

Governor Dayton proposes more than $19 million per year to help school districts meet rising special education costs - 4/12/2018
The governor’s plan would increase special education funding by $19 million for fiscal year 2019 and $22 million for 2020 to help districts cover the rising costs of special education services.

Minnesota Department of Education Releases Social Emotional Learning Tools to Help Improve School Climate, Fight Bullying- 4/9/2018
The newly released Social and Emotional Learning Implementation Guidance and resources will help schools put in place proven strategies to develop students' social and emotional skills, which improve students' capacity to learn and boost student academic achievement.

Governor Dayton: Protect Prekindergarten Opportunities for 4,000 Minnesota Kids and their Families- 3/27/2018
Governor Dayton's budget would protect prekindergarten programs from being eliminated. Without action by the Minnesota Legislature, 59 school districts and charter schools across Minnesota would lose state funding for free, voluntary prekindergarten programs.

Minnesota's Graduation Rate Hits New High, Gaps Closing Over Time- 2/27/2018
Minnesota’s overall high school graduation rate continues to trend upward, with the class of 2017 posting the highest rate on record at 82.7 percent. The data released today also shows progress in one of the state’s highest educational priorities: reducing disparities between white students, students of color, and American Indian students. Between 2012 and 2017, Minnesota’s graduation rate gap has decreased by nearly 30 percent.

Minnesota Awarded Grant to Explore the Ability to Track Long-Term Impacts of Local Home-Visiting Programs- 2/8/2018
A new pilot program will help Minnesota begin connecting information from home-visiting programs to the state’s Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System (ECLDS). If successful, the program will help educators and policymakers measure the long-term benefits of home-visiting programs in Minnesota for the first time.

Minnesota Department of Education Seeks Sponsors for 2018 Summer Food Service Program- 2/1/2018
When school is out for the summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) can provide funding for meals for children to bridge the “nutrition gap” during the summer months. The Minnesota Department of Education encourages eligible schools and organizations to sponsor the SFSP and provide free meals to Minnesota children.

U.S. Secretary of Education Approves Minnesota’s Every Student Succeeds Act Plan- 1/10/2018
The Minnesota Department of Education announced today that the U.S. Department of Education has approved Minnesota’s plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Minnesota’s state plan places equity at its foundation, and outlines the values, goals and strategies—established through two years of public input, at more than 300 public meetings—that will guide the state’s public school system going forward.