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 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.

Summer Food Service Programs Announced - 6/12/2019
USDA summer meals program provides nutritious, free meals across Minnesota

Minnesota Recognizes Schools and Districts for Excellence in Positive School Climates and Student Supports - 6/12/2019
The schools receiving recognition are leaders in supporting positive behavior, improving school climate and increasing student achievement.

U.S. Department of Education Recognizes Forest Lake Area High School as a 2019 Green Ribbon School - 5/22/2019
The U.S. Department of Education announced the 2019 Green Ribbon Schools today.

Minnesota’s Distinguished High School Students Honored for Exemplary Levels of Performance - 5/21/2019
Fifty-two distinguished Minnesota high school students were honored at the Scholars of Distinction award program.

Minnesota's Graduation Rates Continue to Rise - 4/23/2019
More Minnesota seniors than ever before graduated in 2018, with 55,869 students—83.2 percent of the graduating class overall, the state’s highest graduation rate on record—achieving the honor and moving on to career and college. Additionally, 3,641 students from earlier classes also earned their diplomas in 2018, graduating five, six, or seven years after beginning high school.

ADVISORY: Commissioner Ricker to Speak to Statewide News Media on 2018 Graduation Rates - 4/23/2019

Tuesday, April 23, at 9:30 a.m. Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker will hold a conference call for statewide news media about Minnesota.

Minnesota Department of Education Seeks Sponsors for 2019 Summer Food Service Program- 1/30/2019
The Minnesota Department of Education is looking for eligible schools and organizations to sponsor the Summer Food Service Program and provide free meals to Minnesota children 18 and under during the summer when school is out.

Minnesota Awarded Federal Grant to Coordinate Early Learning Systems- 1/2/2019
Today, Minnesota announced a $4.7 million federal grant to help build an even better early learning landscape for children and families. Families across Minnesota now have access to more early learning support than ever before, thanks to increased funding under Governor Dayton’s leadership.