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.

Press release archives from 2013-June 2019, can be found in the page archive.

Media Contacts

Reporters and education writers may contact the department's communications and media relations director by email at

Survey: Majority of Respondents Would Feel Comfortable Sending Their Students Back to School This Fall, Public Health Concerns Remain - 07/09/20
MDE released the results of an informal survey of Minnesota families on their experience with distance learning and the upcoming 2020-21 school year
Minnesota Department of Education Announces Grant Opportunity to Support Expanded Meal Access for Minnesota Children and Adults - 06/29/20
$9.5 million in grant funds will be available to educational entities, nonprofits, Tribal Nations and local governmental units

Summer Food Service Programs Announced - 06/23/2020
USDA summer meals program provides nutritious, free meals across Minnesota 

MDE and MDH Release Guidance to Help Minnesota Schools Plan for 2020-21 School Year - 06/18/2020
School districts and charter schools must develop plans for three scenarios: in-person learning, hybrid learning and distance learning

Minnesota Recognizes Schools and Districts for Excellence in Positive School Climates and Student Supports - 06/10/2020
67 schools, six school districts recognized for the 2019-20 school year

Two Minnesota Students Selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars - 05/21/2020
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding students

Minnesota’s Distinguished High School Students Honored for Exemplary Levels of Performance - 05/11/2020
Forty-four Minnesota students were honored in the areas of Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, STEM, Leadership and Theater Arts.

State Leaders Announce Graduation Ceremony Guidance - 05/08/2020
Education officials consulted with experts at the Minnesota Department of Health to develop guidelines.

U.S. Department of Education Recognizes Robbinsdale School of Engineering and Arts as a 2020 Green Ribbon School - 04/22/2020
Award honors schools, districts and postsecondary institutions for innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact, increase efficiency, improve health and wellness and provide effective sustainability education.

Minnesota Department of Education Seeks Sponsors for 2020 Summer Food Service Program - 1/30/2020
The Minnesota Department of Education encourages eligible schools and organizations to sponsor the Summer Food Service Program and provide free meals to Minnesota children ages 18 and under when school is out for the summer.

Minnesota Students Again Outperform Nation on ACT - 10/30/2019
Minnesota students again posted the highest average score on the ACT college entrance exam, among the 17 states where 90 percent or more of students took the exam.

2019 Minnesota Student Survey Results Released - 10/17/2019
Today, Minnesota released the results of the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey (MSS).

U.S. Department of Education Recognizes Ten Minnesota Schools as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools - 9/27/2019
The U.S. Department of Education recognized ten Minnesota schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. 

Commissioner Ricker: 'The state of our students is promising' - 8/29/2019

The Minnesota Department of Education released the State of Our Students report, a first-of-its-kind compilation of multiple data, including 2019 accountability data from the North Star accountability system.