Minnesota Student Survey for students in Grade 5

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 08:24

In late May, the South Washington County School District will be asking students in the 5th, 8th, 9th and 11th grades to participate in the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey.

This survey is conducted in schools across the state of Minnesota every three years. The survey is given to get useful information from students about how things are going at school, with their peers and about health-related thoughts and behaviors. The information helps us develop and maintain effective programs and provide better services at school and through community groups. The statewide information assists in guiding our state programs. When we get the report, information from the students in our district will be shared with school staff, students, parents and the community.

Parents are to be notified of the request of students. There are frank questions on the survey about many topics relating to young people’s lives. These include the use of alcohol or other drugs, safety in and around the school, physical activity and nutrition, mental or emotional health (stress, feeling bad), illegal or anti-social behavior (theft, chemical use, fighting) and if religious beliefs affect personal decisions. Questions are asked only of 9th and 11th grade students regarding sexual behavior and attitudes. If students are not involved in an activity, they skip the related questions and go on to the next section. The survey also asks about how well school is going, future plans, how adolescents spend their time and about how the school, family and community support them. Parents can review the surveys by grade level here.

The survey is anonymous and confidential. Students do not provide their names, student identification numbers or other personal information. No individuals or families can be identified. The results are reported on the school district’s students as a whole. The privacy of the students is protected.

Because the survey is voluntary, parents who do not want their child to participate, should contact their school office no later than May 11 to opt out. Students may decline to take any part of the survey or the whole survey and are informed of that option by staff.

More information about the survey is available here, which was developed by Minnesota Department of Education who coordinates the overall effort. Non-English speaking families can find information in Hmong, Somali and Spanish at the site.