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Minnesota11th79.6%69.2%74.4%78.2%68.2%73.2%
5th88.5%82.3%85.4%88.8%82.9%85.8%
8th79.0%74.5%76.7%79.3%74.0%76.6%
9th78.2%72.9%75.5%79.3%74.3%76.8%
All Grades81.2%74.7%77.9%81.4%75.0%78.2%
Aitkin County11th78.0%67.3%73.1%81.3%67.9%74.0%
5th86.8%84.5%85.6%87.9%79.5%83.0%
8th86.9%79.2%82.6%77.3%64.0%70.2%
9th72.5%61.3%67.2%74.6%70.0%72.6%
All Grades80.6%73.6%77.0%80.6%72.4%76.3%
Anoka County11th77.2%69.6%73.5%75.4%68.2%71.7%
5th89.5%82.4%86.0%88.3%86.2%87.2%
8th77.7%72.7%75.2%79.6%74.3%77.0%
9th75.2%72.2%73.8%77.0%71.7%74.4%
All Grades79.8%74.4%77.1%78.4%72.9%75.6%
Becker County11th74.5%62.0%67.8%77.1%67.3%72.1%
5th79.5%75.6%77.6%86.2%72.4%79.4%
8th81.6%73.3%77.4%73.8%67.4%70.6%
9th81.0%70.0%75.0%74.6%73.4%74.0%
All Grades79.2%69.1%73.9%78.0%70.1%74.0%
Beltrami County11th81.3%71.4%76.4%80.3%60.4%69.6%
5th84.5%75.3%79.9%84.9%74.4%79.5%
8th77.9%74.1%76.0%74.6%67.7%71.2%
9th74.4%74.0%74.2%68.4%61.8%64.9%
All Grades79.4%73.8%76.6%77.3%66.6%71.8%
Benton County11th85.0%72.0%78.9%77.6%66.1%72.5%
5th******
8th83.8%77.7%81.0%77.4%65.8%71.7%
9th84.8%66.9%75.7%78.7%69.1%73.7%
All Grades84.5%71.8%78.4%78.0%67.3%72.7%
Big Stone County11th84.8%6.8%75.3%***
5th83.3%78.6%80.8%***
8th63.3%62.5%63.0%***
9th66.7%69.7%68.3%***
All Grades73.3%68.7%70.9%***
Blue Earth County11th84.3%69.7%77.6%82.7%68.9%75.5%
5th86.4%82.3%84.3%88.1%83.6%85.8%
8th88.2%80.8%84.4%77.3%77.5%77.4%
9th76.8%75.1%75.9%81.6%77.0%79.3%
All Grades84.0%77.6%80.8%82.6%77.0%79.8%
Brown County11th75.3%61.8%68.3%80.9%63.3%72.3%
5th87.2%90.7%89.1%86.0%84.8%85.4%
8th79.4%78.2%78.8%83.7%81.1%82.3%
9th75.7%71.4%73.7%81.3%68.0%74.3%
All Grades79.3%75.9%77.5%82.8%74.5%78.5%
Carlton County11th77.6%69.3%73.3%77.8%71.8%74.8%
5th83.7%80.9%82.3%89.7%80.1%84.3%
8th75.4%67.2%71.4%76.5%70.5%73.5%
9th70.3%74.0%72.1%83.3%73.6%78.2%
All Grades76.7%72.9%74.8%81.5%74.1%77.7%
Carver County11th82.2%71.9%77.2%81.4%65.7%73.0%
5th91.4%77.1%84.4%91.6%86.0%88.7%
8th78.6%82.2%80.5%81.8%71.7%77.0%
9th84.9%75.3%80.2%83.9%74.9%79.5%
All Grades84.5%76.7%80.7%84.4%74.7%79.5%
Cass County11th77.6%67.1%72.3%71.6%58.0%64.5%
5th84.8%74.8%79.5%77.5%71.3%74.2%
8th67.0%70.3%68.8%73.9%67.7%70.7%
9th73.9%64.9%69.3%63.7%70.3%67.1%
All Grades76.2%69.9%72.9%71.8%67.9%69.7%
Chippewa County11th******
5th94.7%77.8%86.5%***
8th******
9th******
All Grades******
Chisago County11th77.4%63.8%70.9%***
5th86.3%84.3%85.3%***
8th75.9%63.8%70.3%***
9th76.0%72.9%74.3%***
All Grades77.8%69.8%73.9%***
Clay County11th74.0%64.0%69.3%76.8%65.8%70.8%
5th86.3%84.9%85.6%90.7%85.5%87.8%
8th77.3%68.6%72.8%82.2%77.9%80.1%
9th77.9%77.2%77.6%83.3%78.3%80.6%
All Grades79.1%73.7%76.5%83.3%77.2%80.1%
Clearwater County11th66.7%37.1%51.5%78.1%56.8%66.7%
5th83.3%75.7%79.7%82.4%80.8%81.6%
8th83.7%69.2%77.3%84.4%63.2%74.7%
9th75.0%59.6%65.9%79.1%65.6%71.0%
All Grades78.1%60.7%69.3%81.3%67.5%74.0%
Cook County11th70.0%68.8%69.2%***
5th100.0%75.0%85.7%***
8th65.0%38.5%54.5%***
9th68.2%82.6%75.6%***
All Grades70.7%68.3%69.5%***
Cottonwood County11th74.4%78.0%76.5%86.4%66.7%75.8%
5th78.6%75.6%77.0%85.4%77.3%81.2%
8th84.1%70.7%76.5%57.8%60.0%58.9%
9th69.8%61.5%65.3%81.3%64.0%72.4%
All Grades76.8%71.5%73.8%77.5%66.7%71.8%
Crow Wing County11th80.3%57.3%68.1%***
5th91.5%77.3%84.6%***
8th73.8%60.2%67.3%***
9th80.2%70.7%75.8%***
All Grades81.4%66.5%74.1%***
Dakota County11th80.7%71.9%76.2%80.0%69.9%74.8%
5th89.7%84.1%86.9%88.9%83.1%85.9%
8th79.3%76.4%77.8%79.5%74.7%77.1%
9th81.4%76.3%78.9%80.5%76.5%78.5%
All Grades82.7%77.2%79.9%82.0%76.0%79.0%
Dodge County11th76.2%57.3%67.2%79.4%63.5%72.5%
5th91.1%88.3%89.7%97.3%77.0%86.8%
8th79.3%82.2%80.6%85.2%82.4%83.9%
9th81.4%60.0%71.3%77.6%73.3%75.5%
All Grades82.1%72.8%77.7%84.9%75.0%80.1%
Douglas County11th75.9%63.8%70.6%77.5%72.5%74.8%
5th89.9%85.4%87.8%92.8%88.0%90.3%
8th81.8%73.4%77.8%86.9%71.8%79.4%
9th76.8%69.8%73.1%86.5%77.7%82.1%
All Grades81.1%73.0%77.2%86.3%77.6%81.8%
Faribault County11th76.0%68.2%71.6%81.8%70.7%76.1%
5th76.6%78.7%77.8%82.0%82.5%82.2%
8th80.8%74.6%77.4%69.6%69.0%69.2%
9th84.7%64.6%75.2%77.8%63.3%69.5%
All Grades80.1%71.4%75.4%78.1%71.2%74.4%
Fillmore County11th76.1%73.0%74.3%76.6%46.8%61.9%
5th80.0%81.5%80.8%90.0%87.3%88.5%
8th81.3%70.0%75.9%70.3%66.2%68.2%
9th78.6%57.9%68.1%86.5%52.9%70.4%
All Grades79.3%71.0%74.9%80.9%63.9%72.3%
Freeborn County11th82.3%66.7%73.8%83.1%67.5%75.6%
5th87.6%83.5%85.7%86.4%82.5%84.5%
8th84.7%84.9%84.8%79.5%80.5%80.0%
9th75.9%70.2%73.3%79.0%78.2%78.5%
All Grades82.4%76.2%79.4%82.1%77.9%80.0%
Goodhue County11th77.2%68.2%72.4%76.2%71.7%74.3%
5th91.5%85.7%88.3%90.7%70.7%80.9%
8th83.5%74.2%79.3%73.3%55.6%64.3%
9th80.8%69.5%75.1%74.4%60.8%67.2%
All Grades83.6%75.3%79.4%79.2%64.3%71.9%
Grant County11th80.6%70.4%75.9%71.4%66.7%68.4%
5th97.1%88.5%93.3%79.4%87.0%83.8%
8th80.0%86.1%83.6%80.4%71.9%76.9%
9th71.4%57.1%65.1%71.0%74.3%72.7%
All Grades82.4%76.1%79.3%76.5%75.8%76.2%
Hennepin County11th82.2%74.9%78.6%79.9%72.6%76.3%
5th89.3%83.5%86.4%87.5%83.9%85.7%
8th80.7%79.3%80.0%81.7%77.0%79.3%
9th81.7%77.6%79.7%83.0%79.6%81.3%
All Grades83.3%78.8%81.1%83.2%78.6%80.9%
Houston County11th82.5%62.4%71.5%69.1%52.4%61.8%
5th94.0%85.9%90.3%81.0%86.7%83.8%
8th77.9%64.6%71.4%76.5%73.3%75.0%
9th80.0%66.7%73.5%81.5%69.7%74.7%
All Grades83.4%68.6%76.0%77.0%71.5%74.3%
Hubbard County11th75.8%66.7%71.0%82.7%69.0%76.0%
5th78.5%72.3%75.7%83.7%75.7%80.1%
8th77.2%78.8%77.8%81.3%72.1%77.0%
9th69.7%72.6%71.0%75.6%53.2%65.3%
All Grades75.4%72.5%74.0%80.7%67.2%74.5%
Isanti County11th81.3%63.0%73.0%68.1%65.4%66.8%
5th89.7%80.5%85.0%88.5%81.3%84.9%
8th72.3%67.0%69.8%74.6%70.2%72.4%
9th75.3%73.8%74.6%82.1%74.2%78.1%
All Grades79.0%72.1%75.6%78.8%73.2%76.0%
Itasca County11th69.3%48.8%59.9%69.7%62.0%65.2%
5th83.2%83.3%83.3%86.0%76.7%81.3%
8th80.0%70.0%74.9%74.4%60.9%67.3%
9th71.5%59.8%65.6%66.5%59.6%63.2%
All Grades75.8%66.7%71.1%74.5%65.0%69.6%
Jackson County11th76.4%49.1%62.7%62.5%55.6%59.5%
5th90.5%85.2%87.4%78.7%72.5%75.9%
8th86.8%74.4%81.3%73.3%61.9%66.7%
9th80.0%57.6%67.3%60.0%52.3%56.2%
All Grades83.1%66.5%74.3%67.7%60.3%64.2%
Kanabec County11th83.0%63.1%71.4%74.6%52.8%62.6%
5th87.8%68.7%79.2%96.1%78.6%86.0%
8th72.3%67.5%69.9%69.7%61.2%66.0%
9th73.9%55.0%65.1%68.6%71.3%70.0%
All Grades79.0%64.0%71.6%75.5%66.1%70.6%
Kandiyohi County11th83.9%65.5%73.2%81.7%77.9%79.5%
5th89.8%81.0%85.4%92.6%82.9%87.2%
8th76.9%75.5%76.1%81.2%77.1%79.2%
9th86.2%72.9%79.6%77.7%78.0%77.9%
All Grades84.4%73.6%78.7%83.4%79.2%81.2%
Kittson County11th89.5%54.5%70.7%85.7%57.9%74.5%
5th73.9%75.0%74.4%77.8%65.0%71.1%
8th91.3%77.3%84.4%76.2%84.2%80.0%
9th83.9%80.0%82.1%72.2%56.3%64.7%
All Grades84.4%71.9%78.4%78.8%66.2%73.0%
Koochiching County11th69.6%60.7%64.7%***
5th93.3%87.5%90.0%***
8th68.2%65.7%67.1%***
9th63.6%62.9%63.2%***
All Grades73.1%70.3%71.6%***
Lac Qui Parle County11th82.4%65.4%75.0%87.9%81.1%84.3%
5th90.2%88.1%89.2%86.0%89.5%87.5%
8th89.5%86.1%87.8%74.6%79.2%76.6%
9th69.4%56.3%61.9%83.8%75.0%79.5%
All Grades83.6%73.7%78.8%82.1%81.1%81.7%
Lake County11th52.4%51.3%51.7%***
5th97.3%89.7%93.9%***
8th81.1%73.3%76.8%***
9th68.3%74.2%70.3%***
All Grades76.1%70.8%73.6%***
Lake of the Woods County11th76.5%61.5%70.0%***
5th100.0%100.0%100.0%***
8th66.7%88.9%80.0%***
9th84.6%58.3%72.0%***
All Grades81.5%81.0%81.2%***
Le Sueur County11th74.2%59.5%66.0%74.4%53.6%65.1%
5th90.6%82.5%86.1%87.6%83.6%85.5%
8th71.2%69.6%70.5%80.0%69.4%74.1%
9th81.7%61.3%71.6%82.1%71.1%76.4%
All Grades79.2%68.1%73.6%81.0%70.4%75.6%
Lincoln County11th65.2%75.0%69.8%***
5th86.7%93.3%90.0%***
8th69.6%83.3%74.3%***
9th57.1%66.7%63.2%***
All Grades69.3%77.5%73.3%***
Lyon County11th84.2%74.7%79.6%72.6%73.0%72.8%
5th89.6%76.1%82.6%86.0%84.9%85.5%
8th69.2%69.1%69.1%80.0%72.9%76.3%
9th78.6%63.7%71.0%75.7%73.2%74.4%
All Grades80.6%70.0%75.0%78.8%76.1%77.4%
McLeod County11th66.7%42.9%53.8%***
5th100.0%87.5%94.7%***
8th63.2%72.7%66.7%***
9th91.7%50.0%72.7%***
All Grades77.8%60.5%70.1%***
Mahnomen County11th60.0%59.1%59.6%89.5%40.0%59.2%
5th92.6%51.1%66.7%78.1%65.9%71.2%
8th61.8%54.8%58.5%44.0%57.1%52.2%
9th83.3%74.4%78.1%61.3%67.6%64.7%
All Grades74.1%60.3%66.5%67.3%58.7%62.3%
Marshall County11th83.3%47.1%63.4%85.7%65.8%74.2%
5th93.8%71.4%81.1%91.7%81.4%85.1%
8th75.0%73.0%74.0%75.8%69.8%72.4%
9th79.2%63.4%72.3%70.7%50.0%61.6%
All Grades82.2%62.6%72.2%79.4%67.9%73.0%
Martin County11th81.3%56.8%69.5%***
5th86.9%77.4%82.5%***
8th82.1%66.7%74.7%***
9th71.4%62.7%66.8%***
All Grades80.2%65.8%73.1%***
Meeker County11th73.0%59.4%65.9%75.0%69.3%72.3%
5th84.7%87.7%86.3%88.6%78.3%83.4%
8th87.0%70.9%78.8%76.3%77.6%76.9%
9th81.8%72.4%76.7%78.8%70.6%74.4%
All Grades82.8%74.2%78.3%80.0%74.4%77.2%
Mille Lacs County11th79.2%67.8%73.6%83.1%67.8%75.3%
5th81.8%79.0%80.3%87.4%82.2%84.7%
8th77.7%66.8%72.0%79.1%76.9%77.9%
9th72.1%69.7%70.8%78.9%62.6%71.2%
All Grades76.9%69.7%73.2%82.1%73.4%77.6%
Morrison County11th74.2%59.3%66.7%78.0%61.0%70.0%
5th87.3%84.1%85.8%89.9%86.3%87.9%
8th78.3%68.9%73.6%80.3%74.3%77.4%
9th81.5%75.3%78.3%83.2%75.0%78.9%
All Grades80.6%72.0%76.3%82.5%74.7%78.5%
Mower County11th70.7%65.5%67.8%76.7%72.6%74.5%
5th84.8%76.9%80.7%91.6%80.4%85.9%
8th80.0%63.5%71.8%74.8%66.7%70.5%
9th71.1%73.4%72.2%74.8%64.5%69.4%
All Grades77.7%70.4%73.9%79.9%70.9%75.2%
Murray County11th86.8%65.5%77.6%81.1%60.5%70.7%
5th85.2%87.1%86.2%88.6%83.9%86.4%
8th84.6%78.1%81.7%85.4%73.3%80.3%
9th85.3%66.7%75.7%74.3%50.0%61.3%
All Grades85.5%74.2%80.1%82.4%65.5%74.2%
Nicollet County11th87.8%83.9%85.7%***
5th85.3%69.8%78.3%***
8th77.2%78.4%77.8%***
9th87.7%84.1%85.8%***
All Grades84.5%79.0%81.7%***
Nobles County11th82.4%65.1%74.1%81.1%73.8%77.6%
5th79.0%85.4%82.0%93.6%84.0%89.0%
8th71.9%70.6%71.3%76.5%80.0%78.1%
9th76.3%65.8%71.1%85.7%80.4%82.7%
All Grades77.1%71.4%74.3%84.2%79.8%82.0%
Norman County11th86.7%77.4%82.0%82.1%52.2%68.6%
5th86.7%81.4%83.7%84.8%66.7%77.2%
8th78.9%66.7%73.5%82.6%68.5%75.0%
9th76.9%62.2%69.7%67.7%87.5%77.8%
All Grades82.2%73.2%77.7%79.7%69.9%74.9%
Olmsted County11th77.8%68.4%72.3%81.0%73.3%77.1%
5th87.2%73.6%80.2%88.4%81.6%85.0%
8th80.2%76.4%78.2%75.9%73.7%74.8%
9th80.8%74.2%77.5%82.3%74.8%78.8%
All Grades81.0%73.7%77.1%82.3%76.4%79.4%
Otter Tail County11th82.6%68.0%75.1%73.6%59.4%66.4%
5th92.6%82.5%87.1%87.3%82.5%85.0%
8th80.8%73.3%77.1%79.3%75.4%77.1%
9th80.7%69.0%74.9%75.3%76.9%76.1%
All Grades83.6%73.2%78.3%79.1%73.8%76.4%
Pennington County11th68.9%57.4%62.6%***
5th50.0%100.0%61.5%***
8th81.3%77.8%79.7%***
9th79.7%65.8%72.4%***
All Grades76.8%68.7%72.8%***
Pine County11th76.2%54.5%65.1%66.7%68.0%67.4%
5th85.0%70.8%77.6%85.9%84.6%85.3%
8th70.2%64.1%66.8%76.2%68.3%72.3%
9th68.1%57.3%63.1%77.2%66.2%71.6%
All Grades73.3%60.7%66.9%76.2%70.1%73.1%
Pipestone County11th73.5%53.3%64.1%***
5th89.5%83.3%85.5%***
8th91.3%70.6%78.9%***
9th85.7%62.5%74.6%***
All Grades83.8%68.2%75.3%***
Polk County11th87.4%70.8%78.2%77.3%57.4%68.4%
5th94.9%79.3%87.5%89.2%85.1%87.1%
8th73.0%75.4%74.1%81.1%73.6%77.4%
9th79.1%65.4%72.7%80.1%67.2%73.3%
All Grades83.3%72.5%78.0%82.0%71.9%77.0%
Pope County11th83.3%69.7%76.8%91.7%62.2%73.8%
5th100.0%77.5%87.3%93.9%75.7%84.3%
8th81.3%75.0%77.8%87.5%72.1%78.7%
9th74.2%83.0%79.5%80.0%63.3%70.9%
All Grades84.6%76.9%80.3%88.6%68.7%77.4%
Ramsey County11th82.6%73.9%78.3%80.9%71.3%76.1%
5th87.9%81.2%84.5%88.0%85.2%86.6%
8th78.9%75.8%77.4%78.7%76.1%77.4%
9th77.9%75.2%76.6%79.1%77.8%78.4%
All Grades81.8%76.6%79.2%82.0%78.0%80.0%
Red Lake County11th76.0%65.2%70.8%87.0%68.4%78.6%
5th92.6%80.0%86.5%85.2%91.7%88.2%
8th69.6%65.0%67.4%66.7%75.0%70.5%
9th81.5%51.5%65.0%71.4%78.3%75.0%
All Grades80.4%64.4%72.4%77.9%79.1%78.5%
Redwood County11th63.8%33.8%46.4%78.6%53.1%65.0%
5th88.3%83.3%86.0%87.5%80.6%83.6%
8th79.6%65.6%71.8%70.3%67.2%68.8%
9th66.0%47.9%55.6%73.9%79.1%76.5%
All Grades75.1%56.2%64.8%75.3%68.6%71.9%
Renville County11th90.3%68.0%80.4%89.6%65.9%80.6%
5th88.2%85.7%86.8%92.0%81.1%85.5%
8th93.0%76.0%86.8%78.3%69.2%73.6%
9th94.6%85.7%90.3%85.5%70.0%78.1%
All Grades91.7%80.3%86.4%85.5%71.0%78.5%
Rice County11th79.9%70.5%75.4%84.5%75.8%80.1%
5th89.7%84.8%87.3%86.6%83.3%84.9%
8th82.0%74.7%78.3%79.4%74.5%77.0%
9th79.4%77.4%78.4%81.9%78.1%80.0%
All Grades82.8%76.9%79.9%82.9%78.0%80.5%
Rock County11th76.5%66.7%71.2%***
5th90.0%75.9%84.1%***
8th90.7%78.3%84.3%***
9th71.1%64.1%67.5%***
All Grades82.6%71.2%76.9%***
Roseau County11th85.3%64.6%74.7%82.6%68.5%73.9%
5th88.5%83.1%85.8%87.9%78.5%82.8%
8th64.0%72.5%69.2%86.7%72.5%79.4%
9th79.8%74.4%77.1%83.7%69.8%76.4%
All Grades80.8%73.6%77.0%85.3%72.3%78.2%
St. Louis County11th79.8%66.8%73.7%78.2%65.0%71.4%
5th83.3%79.7%81.5%89.9%81.9%86.0%
8th76.5%69.7%73.2%75.0%66.8%70.9%
9th77.5%73.6%75.6%73.4%72.8%73.1%
All Grades79.3%72.8%76.1%79.3%72.1%75.7%
Scott County11th76.9%65.9%71.3%78.7%71.3%75.0%
5th89.7%87.1%88.4%92.0%84.0%88.0%
8th78.3%73.0%75.7%76.4%74.5%75.4%
9th73.5%69.6%71.5%75.0%72.2%73.5%
All Grades79.3%73.7%76.5%80.7%75.6%78.1%
Sherburne County11th77.9%65.8%71.6%69.5%59.5%64.4%
5th88.8%79.1%83.9%90.9%80.1%85.6%
8th75.8%73.3%74.5%76.7%72.4%74.5%
9th78.7%69.6%74.3%72.2%67.9%70.0%
All Grades80.4%72.1%76.2%77.7%70.3%73.9%
Sibley County11th71.4%59.3%65.5%70.0%40.9%57.7%
5th81.0%80.6%80.8%77.0%87.9%82.4%
8th79.0%70.4%75.0%68.8%58.8%63.6%
9th65.7%65.8%65.8%73.3%57.9%65.8%
All Grades74.1%69.1%71.5%72.2%62.6%67.6%
Stearns County11th77.8%63.0%70.7%78.2%68.2%73.3%
5th86.9%79.3%83.1%89.0%82.4%85.7%
8th80.5%73.3%76.9%80.4%74.5%77.4%
9th79.0%73.3%76.1%79.6%75.5%77.6%
All Grades80.8%72.2%76.5%82.1%75.6%78.9%
Steele County11th72.5%71.1%71.8%74.4%72.9%73.7%
5th93.5%77.4%84.8%86.5%79.3%82.9%
8th75.0%70.4%72.9%83.8%76.8%80.3%
9th77.3%75.7%76.5%78.9%77.5%78.2%
All Grades76.2%72.9%74.6%81.0%76.8%78.9%
Stevens County11th72.7%72.2%72.5%79.1%62.5%71.1%
5th90.0%92.7%91.5%90.0%82.1%85.5%
8th81.3%69.6%75.5%80.0%83.3%81.8%
9th82.9%75.5%78.6%76.5%80.5%78.7%
All Grades82.2%77.9%79.9%81.0%77.2%78.9%
Swift County11th96.0%63.2%76.2%***
5th97.2%82.1%90.6%***
8th80.6%82.9%81.7%***
9th64.3%65.4%64.8%***
All Grades84.8%73.2%79.0%***
Todd County11th77.9%62.0%71.4%88.2%61.6%74.5%
5th83.5%74.2%78.6%88.4%81.4%84.8%
8th74.5%75.0%74.7%73.5%63.4%68.5%
9th71.7%75.6%73.3%74.7%71.7%73.1%
All Grades76.3%72.0%74.3%81.2%69.6%75.2%
Traverse County11th83.3%87.5%84.6%***
5th100.0%76.5%85.2%***
8th53.3%73.9%65.8%***
9th81.8%91.7%87.0%***
All Grades77.8%80.0%78.9%***
Wabasha County11th75.8%66.7%71.5%77.8%55.6%67.0%
5th89.9%81.5%85.3%92.5%84.7%88.9%
8th85.0%72.5%79.1%78.6%66.2%72.1%
9th77.7%72.4%75.1%77.6%66.5%72.3%
All Grades81.1%72.9%77.0%81.8%68.6%75.3%
Wadena County11th82.9%64.1%73.9%80.7%65.6%74.1%
5th95.5%83.6%88.9%83.5%81.4%82.4%
8th85.7%79.8%83.0%79.0%58.7%67.6%
9th74.2%68.5%71.8%75.3%61.2%68.9%
All Grades84.4%75.5%80.1%79.8%67.4%73.6%
Waseca County11th77.9%65.0%71.7%81.9%63.0%72.6%
5th89.4%85.1%87.5%91.3%80.2%86.3%
8th81.4%73.3%77.6%76.6%78.5%77.4%
9th71.6%77.3%74.7%80.0%67.6%73.6%
All Grades80.4%75.1%77.8%82.2%72.3%77.5%
Washington County11th78.7%70.8%74.7%75.8%67.3%71.7%
5th89.7%84.5%86.9%91.6%83.1%87.4%
8th77.9%71.3%74.6%81.3%74.8%77.9%
9th75.9%73.1%74.5%80.7%73.7%77.3%
All Grades80.3%74.8%77.5%82.5%75.0%78.8%
Watonwan County11th71.4%77.8%75.0%70.4%58.0%64.4%
5th80.0%80.0%80.0%90.5%81.0%85.7%
8th75.0%80.0%77.1%79.2%64.8%71.0%
9th78.7%63.9%72.3%80.9%59.5%69.7%
All Grades75.6%74.6%75.1%79.7%64.6%71.8%
Wilkin County11th76.7%75.0%75.9%80.0%73.1%77.3%
5th66.7%68.0%67.3%96.9%85.7%91.7%
8th61.5%73.3%66.7%70.6%51.4%60.6%
9th80.4%63.6%73.8%86.5%77.1%81.2%
All Grades72.5%70.2%71.5%83.2%71.2%77.3%
Winona County11th80.7%75.9%78.3%73.0%69.8%71.3%
5th92.3%86.0%89.2%90.1%83.2%86.8%
8th75.3%81.5%78.4%81.5%79.1%80.3%
9th77.2%76.6%76.9%80.3%75.8%78.0%
All Grades80.9%79.8%80.3%81.2%76.7%79.0%
Wright County11th79.7%69.4%74.4%75.8%65.1%70.4%
5th91.4%84.1%87.7%93.8%89.4%91.4%
8th83.9%77.1%80.5%85.5%77.6%81.6%
9th79.7%72.1%75.8%84.4%79.1%81.7%
All Grades83.7%75.6%79.6%85.0%78.3%81.6%
Yellow Medicine County11th71.4%67.4%69.6%63.6%85.3%74.6%
5th100.0%80.0%86.7%93.6%73.9%83.9%
8th75.0%76.0%75.5%79.3%79.5%79.5%
9th56.8%72.7%65.4%78.9%70.2%74.1%
All Grades70.2%72.7%71.5%80.3%76.6%78.3%

About the Indicator:

For the first time in 2013, the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) included modified items from Child Trends Flourishing Children Project. Educational engagement comprise MSS questions 18, 19, 20, 21A, 21B, and 21C:

  • How often do you care about doing well in school?

  • How often do you pay attention in class?

  • How often do you go to class unprepared?

  • If something interests me, I try to learn more about it.

  • I think the things I learn at school are useful.

  • Being a student is one of the most important parts of who I am.

Response options for each of the last three items above are: strongly agree (coded as 4), agree (coded as 3), disagree (coded as 2), and strongly disagree (coded as 1). Response options for the first three questions were: all of the time, most of the time, some of the time, and none of the time--these were coded as 1 through 4, with the most positive response scoring 4 and the least positive response scoring 1. An educational engagement score can be created by summing the values for each question, obtaining a range from 6 to 24. Higher levels of educational engagement are measured as students reporting an overall score of 18 or higher; this corresponds to an average score of 3 or higher per question.

In 2016, Minnesota 8th, 9th, and 11th graders with higher levels of educational engagement were 2.5 times less likely to report any past 30-day alcohol use compared to students with lower levels of educational engagement: 10% vs. 25%.

Further, compared to 8th, 9th, and 11th graders who reported greater educational engagement, less engaged students were 3.0 times more likely to report past-month tobacco use; 3.2 more likely to report past-month marijuana use; and 2.9 times more likely to report past-month prescription drug misuse.

See the 2014 Educational Engagement and Substance Use SUMN Fact Sheet.

Data Source: Minnesota Student Survey (MSS)

Description: The MSS is a confidential and anonymous self-administered survey given to students attending Minnesota public, charter and tribal schools. From 1995 to 2010, the survey was administered to students in 6th, 9th, and 12th grades. New in 2013, the survey was administered to students in 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th grades. Trend data are now only available for 9th graders, and only for survey questions that did not change. Most schools elect to participate in the survey; in 2013, this included 84% of public schools in Minnesota.

Although the data are not presented here, the survey is also administered to area learning centers, juvenile correction facilities and private schools electing to participate.

Sponsored by: Minnesota Department of Education

Geographic Level: State, Region, and County

Aggregated data at the state and county level do not reveal disparities that may exist within a given geographic area.

Frequency: Data collected and reported every three years

Characteristics: The results of the MSS are also available at a county level. Data Privacy requirements mandate that data is presented in a manner such that no individual student can be identified through the presentation of the results. As part of the Data Privacy practices, the results are also presented in a manner that no individual school district could be identified through the results. Therefore, for counties that have only one school district, the results are not presented. Results are also withheld for counties in which the minimum number for student participation was not met.

The MSS is a “census” of schools, not a sample. The school districts get their own data. Fifth-graders were not asked all substance use questions. Some school districts do not participate, and student participation within the school district can vary widely. These data are self-reported.