Every three years, several Minnesota state departments (Education, Employment and Economic Development, Health, Human Services, and Public Safety) collaborate to administer the Minnesota Student Survey. The survey was last administered in 2010 to primary and secondary students (grades 6, 9, and 12) to assess their attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, and behaviors on a variety of topics. The survey covers areas such as students’ background, school, activities, heath, and behavior. A total of 335 school districts participated in the survey with a total of 130,908 students taking the survey across the state.
Results are reported by grade and the corresponding trends between grades are very similar; students appear to be changing attitudes, perceptions, beliefs, and behaviors nearly simultaneously. Many positive changes can be seen between recent years. For example, when comparing twelfth graders’ answers on the 2010 administration with the 2007 responses, several positive differences can be seen:
- More twelfth graders reported they were planning to attend college (88.9% in 2010 compared to 85.8% in 2007)
- More twelfth graders reported being physically active on five or more days in the past week (43.4% compared to 41.4%)
- Less twelfth graders reported alcohol usage in the past year (55.3% compared to 62.5%)
- Less twelfth graders reported binge drinking (five or more drinks in a row in the past two weeks; 23.4% compared to 29.0%)
- Less twelfth graders reported driving a motor vehicle after drug or alcohol usage (18.0% compared to 23.9%)
- Less twelfth graders reported smoking in the past 30 days (19.2% compared to 22.8%)
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