Minnesota Student Survey
About the survey
Since 1989, the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) has been administered every three years to students in regular public elementary and secondary schools, charter schools, and tribal schools. All public school districts in Minnesota are invited to participate in the survey. From 1989 through 2010, students in 6th, 9th and 12th grades participated in the survey. In 2013, the grade levels surveyed changed to 5th, 8th, 9th and 11th grades.
The Minnesota Student Survey includes questions about a wide variety of youth behaviors, including risk behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) use, violence and sexual activity, as well as positive behaviors and connection to family, school and community. Questions about some of these topics are only asked of 9th and 11th grade students.
The MSS is optional on the part of school districts, but over time the majority of districts have chosen to participate. School district participation rates was 85% in 2016. Most districts had all designated grades participate.
The MSS is an anonymous survey; no names or identifying code numbers are collected, and survey answers cannot be traced to an individual. Students can decline to take the survey. If they take the survey, students can skip any question or stop at any point.
Reports available on this web site
- Updated - Statewide tables by educational setting and racial/ethnic groups for 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019
- Updated - Regional tables for 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019
- Updated - County tables for 2004, 2007. 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019
- Selected single year results by state, county and CHB, 1998-2016
- Health equity reports
- Statewide trend report, 1992-2013
Reports for the 2016 survey
- The Health of Adolescents - 2016 (PDF)
- Teens, Indoor Tanning and Melanoma - 2016 (PDF)
- Tobacco Findings from the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey (PDF)
Alternate Access to MSS Data
- Minnesota Student Survey Reports 2013-2019
Search MDE's database to run your own reports on the Minnesota Student Survey data.
MSS Data Request and User Agreement Form
Individual-level data files may be requested in order to conduct additional statistical analysis.