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Minnesota Student Survey: Statewide Trends 1992-2010. Purpose of the MSS. Data for program planning and evaluation and to meet federal requirements Address relevant issues confronting students Mark trends over time – conducted every 3 years since 1989

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purpose of the mss
Purpose of the MSS
  • Data for program planning and evaluation and to meet federal requirements
  • Address relevant issues confronting students
  • Mark trends over time – conducted every 3 years since 1989
  • Involve schools/other educational settings statewide and provide data for local use
2010 mss coordination
2010 MSS Coordination

Partnership of 4 state agencies:

Department of Education

Department of Health

Department of Human Services

Department of Public Safety

survey coordination and administration
Survey Coordination and Administration
  • Population-based survey for students in grades 6, 9, 12 and in non-traditional learning settings
  • 2 versions of the survey
  • Brief – one class period
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Survey Coordination and Administration

Paper-pencil bubble survey

Minimal changes to the survey instrument since 2007

Uniform instructions, checklist provided – schools/facilities administer the survey

mss data tables
MSS Data Tables
  • State, county and non-traditional learning settings tables may be found at:
    • www.education.state.mn.us
    • www.health.state.mn.us/divs/chs/mss/
    • www.dhs.state.mn.us/
    • www.dps.state.mn.us/ojp
  • Tables are organized by subject area rather than by the order that questions appeared in the survey
mss reports
MSS Reports

The following additional reports will be released in 2011:

  • Youth in Correctional Facilities Report
  • Alternative Learning Settings Report
  • Race and Ethnicity Report
  • 1992 and 2010 Comparison Report
  • Protective and Risk Factor Associations
  • Snapshots on Minnesota Youth
availability of mss data
Availability of MSS Data
  • State and county* level tables are on the web and are available to anyone
  • State agencies do not provide district level results to others without the district’s permission
  • *Counties with only one participating school district do not have their results posted on the web
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Availability of MSS Data
  • Additional data runs available but not on an unlimited basis
  • MSS data sets available to agencies for their own analysis
  • Data use agreement must be put in place before data sets are provided
participation in the mss
Participation in the MSS
  • District participation rate:
    • In 2010, 295 out of 335 public school districts participated statewide (88%)
    • District participation over time:

1992: 99% 1995: 92% 1998: 92%

2001: 91% 2004: 88% 2007: 91%

2010: 88%

participation in the 2010 mss
Participation in the 2010 MSS
  • Regular Public Schools:

Statewide numbers of MSS participants in grades 6, 9 and 12

# students

      • 6th grade: 46,787
      • 9th grade: 47,387
      • 12th grade: 36,734
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Participation in the 2010 MSS
  • Non-Traditional Learning Settings: Statewide numbers of MSS participants in grades 7-12

# students

Alternative Schools/

Area Learning Centers: 4,586

Juvenile Correctional Facilities: 587

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Participation in the MSS
  • Reasons for non-participation within participating districts
    • Voluntary survey – student chose not to participate
    • Parents didn’t allow
    • Student was out of school on that day or at that time
    • Drop out
trend data
Trend Data
  • Trend data include only school districts that participated all 7 times since 1992
  • School district data for the 1992 – 2010 trend analysis represent 82% of all of the students surveyed during the seven administrations of the survey
  • Sample weighting procedure adjusts for differences in participation rates across districts
topics in the trend presentation
Topics in the Trend Presentation
  • Academic and School Connectedness
  • Perceptions of School Safety
  • Violent and Anti-Social Behaviors
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Other Health Behaviors
  • Sexual Behaviors
  • Families
felt discouraged or hopeless extremely so or quite a bit in the last 30 days 6 th grade by gender
Felt discouraged or hopeless (extremely so or quite a bit) in the last 30 days (6th grade by gender)
felt discouraged or hopeless extremely so or quite a bit in the last 30 days 12 th grade by gender
Felt discouraged or hopeless (extremely so or quite a bit) in the last 30 days (12th grade by gender)
felt discouraged or hopeless extremely so or quite a bit in the last 30 days 9 th grade by gender
Felt discouraged or hopeless (extremely so or quite a bit) in the last 30 days (9th grade by gender)
you or your partner used a condom the last time you had intercourse sexually active students only
You or your partner used a condom the last time you had intercourse (sexually active students only)
summary of findings
Summary of Findings

Risk Behaviors

  • ATOD use decreased or was stable
  • Between 1992 and 2010, all three grades showed substantial declines in alcohol use
  • Binge drinking among 12th graders showed a notable decrease after many years of stability
  • Violent behaviors decreased or were stable
  • Fewer students are driving after using alcohol or drugs
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Summary of Findings

Positive Behaviors

  • Most students (over 65%) wear a seatbelt all the time
  • Less than a quarter of students eat 5+ servings of fruits/vegetables each day
  • Very little change in physical activity levels
  • Talking with every partner about STDs has declined among sex. active students
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Summary of Findings

Risk/Protective Factors

  • Schools are perceived as safe
  • Alcohol/drug problems by family members are stable
  • Most students feel family connectedness
  • Most think teachers respect them, but fewer think teachers are interested in them as a person
new questions in 2007 2010
New Questions in 2007 & 2010
  • 2007: over 50 new questions were asked
  • 2010: one new question was added (how often home alone after school)
  • 2010: a series of questions was changed from peer disapproval for alcohol and drug use to parental disapproval
a student touched grabbed or pinched you in a sexual way on school property in the last 12 months
A student touched, grabbed, or pinched you in a sexual way on school property in the last 12 months
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A student made unwanted sexual comments, jokes, gestures or looks toward you on school property in the last 12 months
top 4 reasons students participate in school or community based activities
Top 4 Reasons Students Participate in School or Community Based Activities
  • To have fun
    • 82% - 6th; 83% - 9th; 85% - 12th
  • To learn new skills
    • 56% - 6th; 50% - 9th; 46% - 12th
  • My friends participate
    • 38% - 6th; 49% - 9th; 46% - 12th
  • To help me get into college
    • 21% - 6th; 40% - 9th; 39% - 12th
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Someone you were going out with ever forced you to have sex or do something sexual when you didn’t want to
emotional well being distress
Emotional Well-being/Distress
  • A series of questions developed for use by DHS in creating an index
  • Questions include:
    • I get a lot of headaches, stomachaches or sickness
    • I often have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep
    • I am often irritable and angry
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Have talked with at least one parents about dangers of tobacco, alcohol, or drug use in the last 12 months
recommendations
Recommendations
  • Continue intensive and comprehensive prevention efforts to sustain recent improvements
  • Pay close attention to illegal prescription drug use among older adolescents
  • Continue emphasis on binge drinking and pay attention to alcohol use among adolescents
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Recommendations
  • Continue prevention programs focused on wearing seatbelts, healthy eating and exercise, as well as on risks of unprotected sexual behavior and driving after substance use
  • Celebrate and further explore family, school and community supports