Additional Educational Data

Access more data from the Minnesota Department of Education  

This page provides a variety of resources to aid in the interpretation of data provided by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).
The resources include infographics which can help interpret data, overviews of reports available, and comparisons of what can be found in the various reports downloaded from the data center.
To help you identify which reports meet your needs, and ensure accurate interpretation of the data, user guides and practical suggestions are provided. For more information about a specific report, visit the report’s website.

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Data Reports and Analytics

MDE Data Reports and Analytics

The following list highlights additional public data reports available from MDE that may be useful to educators beyond the assessment results outlined on the Use Statewide Assessment Data page. Each data report can be downloaded or viewed on MDE's Data Reports and Analytics page.

  • Minnesota Common Course Catalogue (MCCC) Reports - The MCCC provides information about courses taught in Minnesota school districts. The MCCC is divided into 23 Subject Areas, such as Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts, Health Care Services, and Manufacturing. Each Subject Area is further divided into more specific categories. For example, Visual and Performing Arts includes four categories—Dance, Theater, Music, Visual and Media Arts. Each Category contains particular course Classifications, and school districts assign local courses offered to one of these particular Classifications. Course reports can be generated by the larger MCCC Subject Areas, the more specific Categories or the particular Classifications.
  • Staffing Reports - View the Staffing Reports on the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board site.
  • ACT Data - The Minnesota student ACT® test data reported here were provided by ACT. The ACT is one of the most widely administered college entrance exams in the United States. Although many Minnesota high school students take the ACT, participation is voluntary, and participants may not be representative of either Minnesota high school students or Minnesota college-bound students as a whole.
  • Child Count - The information contained in the child count reports is collected each year through the Minnesota Automated Reporting Student System (MARSS) and represents a count of the children and youth, ages birth through 21, in Minnesota who are eligible for and receiving special education and related services. It is reported to the U.S. Department of Education and provides the most basic and useful information regarding special education demographics in Minnesota. Statewide child count information under the Child Count section on the MDE Data Center is available by Age, Disability, and Race.
  • Discipline Data - Public school districts self-report student disciplinary data through MDE's electronic disciplinary incident reporting system (DIRS). The reports below summarize the disciplinary incident data as well as student demographic data (grade, gender, race/ethnicity) for disciplinary actions (suspensions, exclusions and expulsions) by district and state totals for the most current school year. There is also a trend report of student disciplinary actions by district and state totals for the last three school years.
  • Minnesota Student Survey - The Minnesota Student Survey monitors risk and protective behaviors among students. Beginning in 2013, students in grades 5, 8, 9, and 11 responded to the survey. While many categories remain consistent over time, others are adjusted to reflect current priority topics. Some categories include tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; nutrition; physical activity; sexual behavior; school safety; mental health; and relationships. The survey is voluntary, confidential, and anonymous.
  • Student - These reports and data files provide information about district and school student demographics. The reports aggregate student- level data in seven major groupings:
    • Enrollment: unduplicated counts of students reported as enrolled in the fall of the school year (October 1). Public school student enrollment counts are disaggregated by school, by district, by county and statewide. A separate enrollment data file is provided for counts of students enrolled in non-public schools.
    • Membership: Adjusted Average Daily Membership is derived from end-of-year data.
    • Student Data-Child Counts: Special Education Child Counts, derived from December 1 counts and located on the Special Education section of the MDE website
    • Graduation Rates: calculations of the rate of graduation based on ESSA definitions.
    • Languages: counts of the number of students reported as of October 1 by Home Language.



Minnesota Report Card

The Minnesota Report Card provides information about districts and schools. This interactive tool is designed to provide parents, educators, schools, districts and citizens with easy access to district and school information, such as test results, demographic information and more.

Educator Application

Educators can choose from several reports to learn more about the state of education in your district, a specific school, or the state as a whole. 

Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System (ECLDS)

The Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System (ECLDS) is an innovative tool that combines data primarily collected by the Minnesota Departments of Education, Human Services, and Health into one database. ECLDS provides public online reports that consider children's growth and achievement in relation to their participation in a variety of educational and social programs over time.

Educator Application

Educators can begin to see information on the participation of children in prekindergarten programming for their local community here. Data are aggregated to protect privacy; however, educators can typically see a great deal of information about their students to inform planning and help illustrate to community stakeholders the importance of early childhood services to school success. With this information, educators can gauge the effectiveness of current programs and design targeted improvement strategies to help students successfully transition from early childhood into K-12. Many districts have been using the ECLDS to share information with school boards, service partners, and funders, to describe their outreach strategies and overall successes with children. It is also possible for districts to see retrospective changes in local policies as the ECLDS grows to include more data over time. Find more about the data provided on the ECLDS website in the ECLDS User Guide, ECLDS Data Guide, or the informational ECLDS Tutorial Video page.

Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS)

Minnesota has developed the Minnesota Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS), matching student data from prekindergarten through completion of postsecondary education and into the workforce. By bridging existing data with other incoming data, a range of education program and delivery questions can be answered to gauge the effectiveness of current programs and design targeted improvement strategies to help students. For example, SLEDS brings together data from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the Departments of Education, and Employment and Economic Development, to identify the most viable pathways for individuals in achieving successful outcomes in education and work.

Educator Application

By looking at information around high school graduate transitions to college and the workforce, educators can begin to ask questions to gauge the effectiveness of current programs and design targeted improvement strategies to help students. Find more information about the data provided on SLEDS.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

The results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are released as the Nation’s Report Card, which provides the latest results and reports. The State Profiles tool can be used to find key data about state performance on the NAEP assessments in mathematics, reading, and science at grades 4 and 8. View trends and demographics for each state and compare results to the nation and to other states. If you want a deeper analysis of NAEP data, the NAEP Data Explorer allows you to create custom reports, statistical tables, and graphics using NAEP data.

Educator Application

NAEP provides a common measure of student achievement nationwide. Because each state has unique assessments with different content and standards, it is impossible to use each state’s assessment results as a means for comparing the achievement of students across the country. However, such comparisons are possible with NAEP because the questions and administration of the NAEP assessments are the same across all states. NAEP data allows us to ask, “How well are the nation’s students performing?” “How do Minnesota students compare to the nation?” “How do Minnesota students compare to other states?”

MDE Secure Reports

Assessment Secure Reports - Assessment Secure Reports provide assessment data at the individual level and summary level with student group information.

  • Test Results Summary - The Test Results Summary provides grade-level assessment data at the district or school level.
  • District and School Student Results (DSR/SSR) - The District and School Student Results (DSR/SSR) files contain all the student-level data from the assessments, including demographic information, achievement level information, and test scores.
  • Student Assessment History Report - The Student Assessment History Report allows authorized district staff to look up statewide testing history for individual students who have been enrolled in the district for the current school year.
  • Alternate Assessment Participation