Bullying/Harassment

Geographic Area:

All Counties (customize)

See this topic by Grade, Race, and Gender

Years

to

Display By

Grade

Gender

Percent of Students Reporting They Were Bullied or Harassed Once or More in the Past 30 Days, All Available Years: by Grade, Gender, and County

20132016
FemaleMaleTotalFemaleMaleTotal
Minnesota8th57.9%43.4%50.6%56.7%41.7%49.1%
9th53.0%37.3%45.2%52.6%35.3%43.9%
11th48.4%33.5%40.9%46.1%30.0%38.0%
All Grades53.3%38.3%45.8%52.2%36.1%44.1%
Aitkin County8th55.7%40.8%47.4%59.1%40.0%48.9%
9th68.1%49.2%59.1%57.1%46.9%52.7%
11th62.7%38.8%51.9%43.8%38.6%41.0%
All Grades62.4%43.1%52.8%52.6%42.0%47.3%
Anoka County8th59.1%44.0%51.3%54.4%39.9%47.3%
9th48.6%32.6%40.8%49.7%33.7%41.8%
11th50.2%33.3%41.8%43.2%28.3%35.5%
All Grades53.0%37.4%45.2%49.5%34.1%41.9%
Becker County8th62.3%37.5%49.5%63.1%52.6%57.7%
9th55.9%42.0%48.2%65.6%35.5%51.0%
11th50.5%31.9%40.8%56.4%30.1%43.0%
All Grades56.2%37.7%46.3%62.0%40.1%51.0%
Beltrami County8th62.7%41.2%51.9%62.0%45.5%53.9%
9th49.5%29.4%39.0%52.4%36.5%44.0%
11th44.8%28.4%36.7%39.5%23.4%30.8%
All Grades52.7%33.2%42.8%52.6%35.7%43.9%
Benton County8th70.9%54.2%63.5%55.6%44.7%50.2%
9th47.1%43.8%45.4%58.3%40.8%49.2%
11th46.9%39.0%43.2%52.0%41.3%47.2%
All Grades55.3%45.6%50.7%55.7%42.3%49.1%
Big Stone County8th63.3%45.8%55.6%***
9th70.0%36.4%52.4%***
11th54.5%34.1%42.9%***
All Grades62.4%37.6%49.5%***
Blue Earth County8th49.9%42.1%46.0%56.1%42.4%49.2%
9th60.9%42.1%51.3%53.8%29.5%41.7%
11th44.3%32.6%38.9%41.1%31.4%36.0%
All Grades52.0%39.7%45.9%50.8%34.5%42.5%
Brown County8th60.2%38.2%49.1%61.3%36.1%47.8%
9th60.4%34.3%47.8%65.2%46.4%55.3%
11th62.1%48.5%55.1%54.3%44.4%49.5%
All Grades60.8%40.3%50.6%60.6%42.1%51.0%
Carlton County8th60.3%47.2%53.9%66.5%50.2%58.4%
9th62.3%46.5%54.6%61.2%39.2%49.9%
11th66.2%41.2%53.3%54.0%34.0%44.2%
All Grades62.7%45.1%54.0%61.0%41.7%51.3%
Carver County8th55.0%39.6%47.2%53.4%45.7%49.7%
9th52.9%39.0%46.2%53.4%36.5%45.0%
11th60.8%30.9%46.1%50.8%30.1%39.8%
All Grades56.0%36.8%46.5%52.9%38.7%45.8%
Cass County8th63.3%45.5%53.9%66.7%43.8%54.5%
9th65.2%51.5%58.1%52.0%40.3%46.0%
11th47.1%42.0%44.6%67.5%34.1%50.3%
All Grades59.4%46.8%52.9%61.2%40.1%50.2%
Chippewa County8thN/AN/AN/A***
9thN/AN/AN/A***
11thN/AN/AN/A***
All GradesN/AN/AN/A***
Chisago County8th56.3%37.3%47.5%***
9th54.1%36.4%44.7%***
11th42.0%34.2%38.2%***
All Grades51.3%36.0%43.8%***
Clay County8th57.3%41.3%49.0%50.0%43.2%46.8%
9th52.0%33.3%42.7%60.0%39.2%48.8%
11th52.3%32.2%42.9%46.0%31.8%38.2%
All Grades54.0%36.2%45.1%52.2%38.1%44.8%
Clearwater County8th61.2%50.0%56.0%55.6%50.0%53.0%
9th48.7%55.6%52.7%53.5%42.2%46.7%
11th65.7%40.0%52.9%46.9%37.8%42.0%
All Grades58.5%49.6%53.9%52.5%43.2%47.5%
Cook County8th40.0%46.2%42.4%***
9th54.5%39.1%46.7%***
11th30.0%37.5%34.6%***
All Grades44.2%40.4%42.3%***
Cottonwood County8th63.6%44.8%52.9%65.9%50.0%57.4%
9th51.2%37.3%43.6%64.6%34.0%49.0%
11th53.8%36.2%43.3%65.9%38.0%51.1%
All Grades56.3%39.5%46.8%65.4%40.7%52.4%
Crow Wing County8th65.7%33.0%49.7%***
9th53.5%47.4%50.6%***
11th49.3%40.5%44.7%***
All Grades57.3%39.7%48.6%***
Dakota County8th59.2%42.6%50.7%54.3%39.2%46.7%
9th51.2%33.9%42.6%49.4%33.7%41.6%
11th47.7%32.3%39.9%43.8%29.3%36.4%
All Grades52.8%36.4%44.5%49.5%34.4%41.8%
Dodge County8th52.5%35.3%44.6%60.3%39.8%50.4%
9th55.4%47.2%51.5%36.2%25.9%31.3%
11th60.0%33.0%47.0%37.8%31.1%34.9%
All Grades55.6%39.1%47.8%44.9%32.2%39.0%
Douglas County8th54.1%50.6%52.4%51.5%40.1%45.9%
9th60.7%44.2%51.8%66.9%36.9%51.9%
11th53.6%36.4%46.0%49.6%43.4%46.3%
All Grades55.9%44.2%50.2%56.3%40.1%48.1%
Faribault County8th54.9%47.6%50.9%73.9%39.0%54.3%
9th65.3%59.7%62.6%53.3%39.3%45.3%
11th56.0%37.9%45.7%60.0%39.7%49.6%
All Grades59.5%48.5%53.7%62.3%39.3%49.7%
Fillmore County8th57.3%52.9%55.2%67.7%42.6%54.9%
9th58.9%43.1%50.9%61.1%47.0%54.3%
11th58.7%34.9%45.0%50.0%39.3%44.8%
All Grades58.2%44.0%50.8%59.7%43.1%51.5%
Freeborn County8th60.5%24.1%42.2%64.5%40.4%52.9%
9th54.6%32.3%44.3%56.1%38.3%46.3%
11th46.9%25.8%35.9%46.6%34.9%40.9%
All Grades54.2%27.5%41.0%56.8%38.2%47.4%
Goodhue County8th57.9%45.5%52.2%61.1%41.8%51.3%
9th54.6%43.6%49.0%54.3%37.4%45.3%
11th43.4%39.9%41.5%47.6%30.8%40.6%
All Grades52.6%43.0%47.8%54.4%37.4%46.1%
Grant County8th61.5%45.9%52.4%50.0%46.9%48.7%
9th74.3%58.6%67.2%46.9%38.9%42.6%
11th53.3%51.9%52.6%57.1%44.4%49.1%
All Grades63.7%51.6%57.6%50.5%43.3%46.8%
Hennepin County8th53.6%41.5%47.6%54.5%39.9%47.2%
9th50.1%35.2%42.7%47.3%31.9%39.7%
11th45.2%31.8%38.5%43.8%28.6%36.3%
All Grades49.9%36.4%43.2%49.2%34.2%41.8%
Houston County8th59.0%50.0%54.5%72.4%50.0%62.0%
9th52.1%38.5%45.4%62.2%34.6%46.6%
11th59.2%34.7%45.8%54.3%38.1%47.2%
All Grades56.7%40.2%48.2%63.2%40.2%51.8%
Hubbard County8th64.5%48.5%57.9%62.5%47.8%55.8%
9th68.4%60.7%65.0%62.2%42.7%53.3%
11th64.2%45.9%54.6%53.4%23.9%38.9%
All Grades65.7%51.2%59.0%59.7%38.0%49.6%
Isanti County8th65.0%46.7%56.3%64.1%50.3%57.2%
9th57.4%40.0%48.7%65.4%48.9%57.3%
11th46.4%31.2%39.4%59.4%37.3%48.6%
All Grades58.1%40.9%49.8%63.1%45.9%54.6%
Itasca County8th58.3%41.7%49.9%69.4%45.0%56.6%
9th70.4%42.2%56.1%72.9%46.2%60.0%
11th58.1%50.8%54.7%50.8%39.5%44.3%
All Grades62.7%44.0%53.5%66.5%43.8%54.6%
Jackson County8th57.4%39.5%49.5%53.3%33.3%41.7%
9th52.3%47.5%49.5%53.3%45.5%49.4%
11th59.3%34.5%46.8%56.3%38.2%48.8%
All Grades56.6%40.8%48.5%54.6%40.4%47.8%
Kanabec County8th68.7%35.9%52.8%59.6%53.0%56.8%
9th60.0%39.0%50.4%57.7%47.5%52.3%
11th40.8%33.8%36.8%45.8%29.2%36.6%
All Grades58.9%36.1%47.5%55.3%43.1%49.2%
Kandiyohi County8th52.1%39.3%45.3%52.1%31.7%41.8%
9th49.1%22.9%36.0%34.3%22.0%27.9%
11th42.9%34.5%38.0%30.4%20.5%24.9%
All Grades48.3%32.2%39.7%39.9%24.8%31.9%
Kittson County8th56.5%36.4%46.7%63.6%35.0%50.0%
9th71.0%38.5%56.1%83.3%56.3%70.6%
11th68.4%31.8%48.8%75.0%31.6%57.4%
All Grades65.8%35.7%51.0%73.5%40.0%58.5%
Koochiching County8th69.8%60.6%65.8%***
9th78.1%44.4%60.3%***
11th70.0%46.4%56.3%***
All Grades72.6%50.5%61.5%***
Lac Qui Parle County8th64.9%59.5%62.2%54.2%56.3%55.1%
9th59.5%43.8%50.6%62.2%36.1%49.3%
11th44.1%28.6%37.1%64.7%29.7%46.5%
All Grades56.5%45.1%50.7%59.2%42.1%51.0%
Lake County8th47.5%42.6%44.8%***
9th65.1%48.5%59.4%***
11th52.4%31.6%39.0%***
All Grades57.3%40.7%49.2%***
Lake of the Woods County8th92.3%66.7%77.4%***
9th58.3%54.5%56.5%***
11th47.1%69.2%56.7%***
All Grades64.3%64.3%64.3%***
Le Sueur County8th62.9%47.3%56.0%66.1%45.5%54.6%
9th56.3%44.0%50.2%62.6%43.0%52.3%
11th58.1%37.1%46.4%46.2%21.6%35.2%
All Grades59.1%42.5%50.8%58.3%38.5%48.1%
Lincoln County8th73.9%27.3%58.8%***
9th60.0%30.4%42.1%***
11th56.5%30.0%44.2%***
All Grades63.9%29.6%47.8%***
Lyon County8th66.7%57.7%61.4%53.3%49.0%51.1%
9th53.0%46.8%49.8%54.9%42.1%48.3%
11th42.7%26.3%34.8%46.4%34.3%40.5%
All Grades52.4%44.0%48.0%51.9%42.4%47.1%
McLeod County8th78.9%63.6%73.3%***
9th90.9%53.8%70.8%***
11th25.0%38.5%32.0%***
All Grades66.7%51.4%59.5%***
Mahnomen County8th51.5%44.8%48.4%64.0%37.2%47.1%
9th55.2%50.0%52.2%74.2%36.1%53.7%
11th68.0%42.9%56.5%52.6%33.3%40.8%
All Grades57.5%46.7%52.0%65.3%35.8%47.8%
Marshall County8th63.9%36.8%50.0%50.0%30.2%38.7%
9th50.0%41.5%46.3%46.3%53.3%49.3%
11th55.8%37.3%45.7%64.3%18.4%37.9%
All Grades55.6%38.5%47.1%52.5%32.4%42.0%
Martin County8th67.5%50.0%59.0%***
9th62.9%49.2%55.5%***
11th53.8%48.0%51.0%***
All Grades61.6%49.1%55.2%***
Meeker County8th58.5%40.9%49.6%63.3%41.4%52.5%
9th48.0%34.2%40.6%61.5%35.3%47.5%
11th33.9%26.1%29.8%50.0%24.0%37.4%
All Grades49.5%35.1%42.0%59.2%34.8%46.9%
Mille Lacs County8th59.5%38.9%48.7%62.6%41.0%50.7%
9th55.8%33.3%44.5%60.3%37.8%49.6%
11th52.0%40.2%46.3%45.2%28.9%36.9%
All Grades55.9%37.3%46.5%57.0%36.7%46.5%
Morrison County8th58.9%45.3%52.0%62.1%41.9%52.3%
9th64.4%43.1%53.6%61.7%39.5%50.0%
11th54.5%46.0%50.2%46.2%37.3%42.0%
All Grades59.7%44.7%52.1%56.9%39.6%48.3%
Mower County8th61.7%50.7%56.2%54.5%41.5%47.6%
9th56.4%44.5%50.6%51.6%41.9%46.5%
11th55.3%31.6%42.2%53.0%26.9%39.0%
All Grades58.2%43.0%50.5%53.0%37.6%44.8%
Murray County8th61.5%54.8%58.6%48.8%35.5%43.1%
9th61.8%60.0%60.9%65.7%48.8%56.6%
11th65.8%48.3%58.2%48.6%28.9%38.7%
All Grades63.1%54.7%59.2%54.0%38.2%46.2%
Nicollet County8th68.4%47.1%58.3%***
9th61.4%41.3%50.8%***
11th53.1%28.6%40.0%***
All Grades61.4%38.8%49.9%***
Nobles County8th69.0%52.3%60.8%55.2%30.5%44.1%
9th57.6%37.2%47.6%60.8%38.0%47.6%
11th53.3%38.6%46.2%44.4%32.9%39.1%
All Grades60.4%43.0%51.9%53.3%34.0%43.7%
Norman County8th65.8%33.3%51.5%63.0%48.1%55.0%
9th53.8%29.7%42.1%71.0%56.3%63.5%
11th56.7%54.8%55.7%50.0%21.7%37.3%
All Grades58.9%38.8%49.3%61.9%45.0%53.3%
Olmsted County8th60.0%38.5%48.5%56.9%39.3%48.1%
9th64.7%45.0%54.9%49.4%30.4%40.6%
11th58.6%47.4%52.1%45.0%26.4%35.6%
All Grades61.2%42.5%51.3%51.1%32.8%42.2%
Otter Tail County8th57.8%46.2%52.1%58.7%44.2%50.5%
9th49.6%39.5%44.7%62.9%43.2%53.1%
11th49.2%35.0%42.0%52.6%36.4%44.4%
All Grades52.6%40.6%46.7%58.2%41.5%49.5%
Pennington County8th57.0%52.4%54.8%***
9th58.0%35.4%45.9%***
11th61.4%39.6%49.5%***
All Grades58.3%43.1%50.5%***
Pine County8th65.7%53.1%58.7%64.5%42.7%53.6%
9th66.7%47.1%57.5%63.2%51.5%57.3%
11th58.5%49.6%53.9%59.5%45.8%52.2%
All Grades63.8%50.0%56.8%62.8%46.9%54.6%
Pipestone County8th47.8%38.9%42.4%***
9th50.0%48.5%49.3%***
11th45.5%44.8%45.2%***
All Grades47.8%43.9%45.8%***
Polk County8th65.9%46.7%56.9%60.4%47.0%53.7%
9th54.1%42.0%48.4%53.8%46.0%49.7%
11th50.9%32.1%40.7%45.0%36.8%41.3%
All Grades57.3%40.1%48.8%53.5%44.0%48.8%
Pope County8th78.1%56.1%65.8%53.1%51.2%52.0%
9th71.0%34.0%48.7%68.0%43.3%54.5%
11th60.0%45.5%52.9%66.7%26.3%41.9%
All Grades69.4%44.6%55.7%61.7%40.5%49.5%
Ramsey County8th55.9%43.5%49.8%52.1%42.3%47.2%
9th47.0%35.6%41.5%46.2%31.2%38.8%
11th43.7%29.1%36.5%42.7%27.4%35.1%
All Grades48.6%35.9%42.4%47.0%33.7%40.3%
Red Lake County8th62.5%55.0%59.1%62.5%28.6%46.7%
9th76.9%42.4%57.6%61.9%34.8%47.7%
11th36.0%34.8%35.4%47.8%52.6%50.0%
All Grades58.7%43.4%51.0%57.4%38.1%48.1%
Redwood County8th62.0%50.0%55.4%56.2%43.3%50.0%
9th61.8%38.0%48.4%71.0%35.8%53.7%
11th51.1%35.4%42.0%53.6%25.4%38.7%
All Grades58.6%40.9%48.6%60.6%35.0%47.8%
Renville County8th58.1%44.0%52.9%65.6%32.3%48.4%
9th48.6%40.0%44.4%58.2%32.0%45.7%
11th48.4%24.0%37.5%52.9%36.6%46.8%
All Grades52.3%36.5%45.4%58.7%33.3%47.1%
Rice County8th55.2%47.3%51.3%56.3%35.6%46.0%
9th59.9%42.6%50.8%51.9%37.7%44.8%
11th53.1%38.4%46.1%46.6%34.8%40.7%
All Grades56.2%43.3%49.7%52.2%36.1%44.1%
Rock County8th61.4%52.2%56.7%***
9th53.8%47.4%50.6%***
11th48.5%35.9%41.7%***
All Grades55.2%45.5%50.2%***
Roseau County8th66.0%40.0%50.0%59.2%38.8%48.7%
9th64.3%52.3%58.2%69.8%36.5%52.2%
11th45.3%43.0%44.2%52.2%32.9%40.3%
All Grades57.9%45.3%51.1%62.0%36.1%47.9%
St. Louis County8th62.3%48.6%55.6%62.4%46.2%54.2%
9th52.5%42.7%47.7%58.1%35.0%46.5%
11th45.7%37.3%41.8%51.9%32.8%42.1%
All Grades53.5%43.1%48.5%57.8%38.0%47.8%
Scott County8th62.2%49.7%56.0%60.3%43.6%51.9%
9th58.4%41.0%49.6%57.4%35.7%46.0%
11th48.1%33.2%40.5%49.1%28.1%38.7%
All Grades56.6%41.6%49.0%56.0%36.3%46.0%
Sherburne County8th61.0%44.8%52.3%57.2%40.9%48.7%
9th51.5%35.5%43.8%57.8%37.8%47.7%
11th51.8%36.9%44.0%50.3%29.4%39.7%
All Grades54.9%39.5%47.0%55.4%36.6%45.7%
Sibley County8th57.4%48.1%53.0%74.6%44.8%59.2%
9th54.5%42.9%48.3%51.7%39.3%45.7%
11th47.4%40.7%44.1%38.3%22.7%31.7%
All Grades53.3%43.8%48.5%55.2%37.1%46.6%
Stearns County8th52.0%39.5%45.6%51.5%42.8%47.1%
9th54.6%37.8%46.0%50.6%34.1%42.4%
11th49.3%32.9%41.5%43.2%30.5%37.0%
All Grades52.0%36.8%44.4%48.8%36.3%42.6%
Steele County8th59.6%37.2%49.0%71.7%51.1%61.5%
9th45.2%30.3%37.8%60.9%42.1%51.0%
11th49.8%32.0%41.0%55.8%28.6%42.7%
All Grades51.7%33.1%42.6%62.6%40.6%51.6%
Stevens County8th51.0%43.5%47.4%57.1%45.2%50.6%
9th62.9%34.0%45.9%38.2%47.6%43.4%
11th40.9%35.3%38.5%39.5%12.8%26.8%
All Grades52.8%38.1%45.2%44.6%35.8%40.0%
Swift County8th61.1%48.6%54.9%***
9th64.3%38.5%51.9%***
11th76.0%56.8%64.5%***
All Grades66.3%49.0%57.2%***
Todd County8th55.9%37.1%46.7%74.5%52.9%63.7%
9th58.6%45.3%53.0%64.4%56.0%59.9%
11th55.7%34.7%47.4%51.1%33.0%41.8%
All Grades56.8%39.1%49.1%63.7%47.5%55.3%
Traverse County8th64.3%29.2%42.1%***
9th72.7%25.0%47.8%***
11th44.4%0.0%30.8%***
All Grades58.1%22.7%40.2%***
Wabasha County8th62.3%41.3%52.5%54.3%41.4%47.5%
9th50.5%37.0%43.9%60.1%38.2%49.5%
11th38.3%34.8%36.6%47.4%30.4%39.2%
All Grades48.9%37.3%43.4%54.4%37.1%45.8%
Wadena County8th53.1%49.4%51.4%54.3%38.8%45.7%
9th59.8%32.4%48.0%49.4%34.8%43.0%
11th50.0%34.4%42.5%46.3%36.4%41.9%
All Grades54.7%39.4%47.7%50.0%37.0%43.7%
Waseca County8th49.5%35.2%42.8%61.2%41.5%52.9%
9th60.0%43.3%50.8%60.6%37.0%48.3%
11th65.1%43.9%54.8%46.4%32.9%39.8%
All Grades57.7%40.8%49.2%57.1%37.3%47.7%
Washington County8th55.8%43.8%49.8%56.4%44.4%50.2%
9th50.0%32.5%41.1%54.0%35.6%44.9%
11th42.9%25.9%34.3%43.9%29.5%36.8%
All Grades49.7%34.2%41.9%51.7%36.9%44.3%
Watonwan County8th67.3%57.1%63.1%68.6%56.3%61.5%
9th55.3%37.1%47.6%64.7%44.6%54.2%
11th55.9%40.0%46.8%64.8%38.0%51.9%
All Grades60.0%44.3%52.7%65.9%47.2%56.0%
Wilkin County8th67.5%40.0%55.7%64.7%39.5%51.4%
9th47.1%47.1%47.1%63.2%40.8%50.6%
11th55.8%37.8%47.5%62.5%36.0%52.3%
All Grades56.0%41.6%49.8%63.4%39.3%51.3%
Winona County8th70.0%47.4%58.7%58.3%43.7%51.1%
9th56.1%39.1%47.3%54.1%35.5%44.7%
11th53.3%30.8%41.6%50.9%29.8%40.3%
All Grades60.2%39.5%49.6%54.4%36.2%45.4%
Wright County8th54.2%40.0%47.2%59.5%38.2%49.1%
9th52.5%35.9%44.0%49.5%35.1%42.2%
11th48.2%32.6%40.1%44.5%30.2%37.3%
All Grades51.9%36.3%44.0%51.5%34.7%43.1%
Yellow Medicine County8th64.3%24.0%45.3%36.7%29.5%32.4%
9th75.7%29.5%50.6%36.8%34.0%35.3%
11th53.1%35.7%45.1%42.4%34.3%38.2%
All Grades63.2%30.6%47.1%38.6%32.5%35.2%

About the Indicator:

This indicator includes students responding "about once a week," "several times a week," or "every day" to any or all of the following Minnesota Student Survey questions:

During the last 30 days, how often have other students at school...?

  • Pushed, shoved, slapped, hit or kicked you when they weren't kidding around
  • Threatened to beat you up
  • Spread mean rumors or lies about you
  • Made sexual jokes, comments, or gestures toward you
  • Excluded you from friends, other students, or activities

In 2016, past 30-day alcohol use was reported by 9.1% of students who said they were not bullied or harassed in the past month, 18.4% of students who were bullied or harassed at least once in the past month, 24.3% of students who were bullied or harassed weekly or more often, and 28.1% of students who reported being bullied or harassed every day.

Further, compared to 8th, 9th, and 11th graders who reported NO past-month bullying victimization, bullied students were 1.8 times more likely to report alcohol use; 1.9 times more likely to report tobacco use; 1.7 times more likely to report marijuana use; and 2.5 times more likely to report prescription drug misuse.

See the 2017 Bullying 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.