Compulsory Instruction Compliance Data Reporting
Each year on October 1, as part of Minnesota’s compulsory instruction requirements, nonpublic schools, including educators of both private and homeschool students, are responsible for reporting to the superintendent of the district in which the student resides. The report should include the following:
- The name, birth date, and address of the student.
- The annual tests intended to be used under Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.22, subdivision 11, if required.
- The name of each instructor.
- Evidence of compliance with one of the requirements specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.22, subdivision 10.
- Parent Notification. If the superintendent does not receive this report, or it appears from the report that the student is receiving instruction in violation of Minnesota’s compulsory instruction requirements (Minn. Stat. §§ 120A.22 or 120A.24), the superintendent must notify the student’s parent, specifically listing the alleged violations.
Example Allegations: A non-exhaustive list of example violations includes:
- Failure to submit the initial report to superintendent under Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.24, subdivision 1(a).
- Failure to submit the intent to continue letter/report to superintendent in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.24, subdivision 1(b).
- Failure to obtain the superintendent’s agreement to the specific examination to be used and the administration and location of the examination, in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.22, subdivision 11.
- Failure to list an instructor that complies with Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.22, subd. 10.
- Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Notification. If the alleged violation(s) is not corrected within 15 days of the parent’s receipt of the District notification, the superintendent must request fact-finding and mediation services from MDE. Minn. Stat. § 120A.26, subd. 4.
In your notification to MDE, include your district and contact information, the names of the student(s) and the parent(s), and the contact information for the parent(s). List the alleged violations of Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.22 and/or Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.24 (see our example list above). Also include any additional relevant information, including a description of the notification made to the parent(s) prior to making your fact-finding and mediation request.
Address your request to the Commissioner of Education and send it to:
Minnesota Department of Education
Fact Finding and Mediation Coordinator, Liz Stoneburg
Division of Compliance and Assistance
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266
Once your request is received, MDE may contact your office to gather additional information. MDE may contact the parent(s) by telephone or email to discuss whether there are any barriers to completing the paperwork, and to provide additional resources to the parent(s). If a formal letter is needed, we will send a letter to the parent(s), with a copy to your office, explaining that we are conducting fact-finding and mediation. Our letter provides parents with additional resources and asks for a response.
- County Attorney notification: If the alleged violations are not corrected through the fact-finding and mediation process, the superintendent must notify the county attorney of the alleged violations. The superintendent must notify the parents, by certified mail, of the superintendent’s intent to notify the county attorney of the alleged violations. Minn. Stat. § 120A.26, subdivision 5.