Minnesota Student Survey

The Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services and Public Safety are contracting with Texas A&M University’s Public Policy Research Institute and Gibson Consulting to administer the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) between January and May 2019. The MSS has been the most consistent source of data about the health and well-being of Minnesota’s students for the past 30 years.

This voluntary survey asks students about their activities, opinions, behaviors and experiences. Students respond to questions on school climate, bullying, out-of-school activities, health and nutrition, emotional and mental health, relationships, substance use and more. Questions about sexual behaviors are asked only of ninth- and 11th-grade students. All responses are anonymous.

Review the Minnesota Student Survey Data for more information.

2019 Survey Information

View the MSS FAQ document for more information on the survey.

Letter of Support from the Commissioner

Key Changes in 2019 Minnesota Student Survey

2019 Minnesota Student Survey Timeline

Parent/Guardian Notification

For school districts who plan to participate, it is your responsibility to ensure compliance with the Protection of Pupils Rights Amendment (PPRA). This includes notifying parents/guardians of their right to opt their child out of the survey as well as making the applicable survey questions available for review. There are two steps you must follow:

Step 1: Prior to administration of the MSS, parents/guardians must be provided with a notification letter.

Step 2:
Provide the survey questions to parents who request a copy.