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The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), in partnership with the Departments of Health, Human Services and Public Safety, will be administrating the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) in 2022.

Why is the MSS important?

Minnesota youth want to tell us what they are experiencing and feeling — at home, in school, in community — we just need to ask them.

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The past year and a half have been hard on us all, but they've been especially hard on Minnesota's young people. We also know that youth are resilient, and when provided with positive support and resources that meet their needs, they will thrive. The statewide Minnesota Student Survey is the only survey that captures the viewpoint of adolescents, and therefore provides a timely and valuable opportunity for us to check in with Minnesota youth.

With this valuable information, we can better understand their worlds and realities, and therefore better address issues and support them.

We need your help. By supporting the MSS you can help your school and community learn more about the health, safety, and well-being of Minnesota's young people.

  • Districts and schools – please strongly consider participating in the 2022 MSS
  • Parents and caregivers – please support your school's participation in the 2022 MSS

What do you need to know?

  • The 2022 MSS will be administered to students in grades 5, 8, 9 and 11. Schools may opt to also survey grades 6, 7, 10 and 12.
  • Registration will open in early December 2021.
  • The survey can be administered in schools between January 18 and June 10, 2022.
  • The survey is voluntary and anonymous.
  • PPRA Notification:

    • As part of Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232h; 34 CFR Part 98), all Local Education Agencies (LEAs) must provide parents and students notification of the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) administration in their district.
    • Additional information regarding PPRA Notification
  • Training on using the registration system is coming soon.
  • Districts will be eligible to receive district-level results before the end of the school year if all participating schools in the district complete administration by March 18, 2022.
  • There are separate survey links for primarily in-person students and for primarily online students. Primarily online students would include students who regularly take half or more of their classes online. The standard survey link for in-person students should be used with students who are quarantined or temporarily learning remotely. If you have questions about how to define an online learner, please contact mde.studentsurvey@state.mn.us.

Registration and administration

Registration system user guide

Video: How to Register Your School for the 2022 Minnesota Student Survey

Notification letters

Download the parental notification letters.

Need more help?

If you have questions about the upcoming survey administration, please contact:

MDE staff at mde.studentsurvey@state.mn.us

Wilder Research at mss@wilder.org or 651-280-2791