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Minnesota Student Survey Trends Over the Years 1992 – 2007. 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

  • 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 statewide and provide data for local use


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Survey Coordination and Administration

  • Population-based student survey for grades 6, 9, 12

  • 2 versions of the survey

  • Paper-pencil bubble survey

  • Brief – one class period

  • Uniform instructions, checklist provided – schools administer the survey


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2007 MSS Coordination

  • Partnership of 4 state agencies:

    Education, Health, Human Services, and Public Safety

  • Question changes and additions in 2007 based on federal reporting requirements and constituent input

  • Data use agreement needed when requesting data sets


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Participation in the 2007 MSS

  • Non-Traditional Learning Settings: Statewide numbers of MSS participants in grades 7-12

    Alternative Schools/

    Area Learning Centers: 2,847

    Juvenile Correctional Facilities: 587


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MSS 2007 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/id_007196

    • www.dps.state.mn.us/ojp

  • Tables are organized by subject area rather than by the order that questions appeared in the survey


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MSS 2007 Reports

The following additional reports will be released in 2008:

  • Students in Non-Traditional Learning Settings (ALCs and JCFs)

  • Protective and Risk Factor Associations

  • Race and Ethnicity Tables

  • Snapshots on Minnesota Youth


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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


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Participation in the 2007 MSS

  • District participation rate:

    • In 2007, 309 out of 338 public school districts participated statewide (91%)

    • District participation over time:

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

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


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Participation in the 2007 MSS

  • Student participation rates:

    - Statewide, the 2007 MSS data represent these percentages of regular public school students:

    # students

    • 6th grade: 81% 49,081

    • 9th grade: 76% 50,713

    • 12th grade: 58% 36,755


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Participation in the 2007 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


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Trends Data

  • Trends data include only school districts that participated all 6 times since 1992

  • School district data for the 1992 – 2007 trend analysis represent 85% of all of the students surveyed during the six administrations of the survey

  • Sample weighting procedure adjusts for differences in participation rates across districts




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Topics in the Trend Report

  • 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






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All/most teachersshow respect for students



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Feel safe at school (strongly agree or agree)


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Skipped school one or more times in the past 30 days because felt unsafe at or on the way to school




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Violent & Anti-Social Behavior property in past 12 months














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Tried to kill yourself in the past year in a past month (9(All Students)


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Tried to kill yourself in the past year in a past month (9(9th Grade)


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Alcohol, Tobacco in a past month (9& Other Drugs


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Percent of students using chemical substances one or more time in the past year (2007 trend data file)


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Used alcohol one or more times in past year time in the past year (2007 trend data file)


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Binge Drinking (5 or more drinks in a row) in past 2 weeks time in the past year (2007 trend data file)


















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Sexual Behaviors the last 7 days



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Ever had sexual intercourse (9 the last 7 daysth Grade Only)


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Ever had sexual intercourse (12 the last 7 daysth Grade Only)



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You or your partner used a condom the last time you had intercourse (Sexually active students only)


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Families intercourse







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Summary of Findings problems

Risk Behaviors

  • Overall ATOD use decreased except marijuana and club drug use among 12th graders

  • Binge drinking among 12th graders remained stable at approximately 30%

  • Violent behaviors continued to decrease

  • Fewer students are driving after using alcohol or drugs


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Summary of Findings problems

Positive Behaviors

  • More students (over 50%) wear a seatbelt all the time

  • Less than a quarter of students eat 5+ servings of fruits/vegetables each day, though 9th and 12th grades experienced improvements

  • Slight improvement on physical activity levels


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Summary of Findings problems

Risk/Protective Factors

  • Schools are perceived as safe

  • Alcohol/drug problems by family members show slight improvements

  • Most students feel family connectedness

  • Most think teachers respect them, but fewer think teachers are interested in them as a person



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Minnesota Student Survey problemsNew Questions in 2007


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New Questions in 2007 problems

  • Over 50 new questions were asked in 2007

  • Questions were added to meet the needs of stakeholders, reflect the experiences of students, and to meet federal reporting requirements






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Students Experiencing Unwanted Sexual Comments, Jokes, Gestures or Looks in Past 12 Months


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Students who have been Gestures or Looks in Past 12 MonthsBullied in the Last 30 Days


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Students who have Bullied Someone in the Last 30 days Gestures or Looks in Past 12 Months


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Student Activity Gestures or Looks in Past 12 Months



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Students Participating in or Text Messaging Hobby or Academic Clubs at Least Once Per Week


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Students Participating in or Text Messaging Mentoring Programs at Least Once Per Week


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Why Students Participate in Community Based Activities (Top 4 Reasons)

  • 9th Graders

    • To have fun (79% -male; 85% - female)

    • To learn new skills (43% - male; 51% -female)

    • My friends participate (40% - male; 52% - female)

    • To help me get into college (35% - male; 45% - female)


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Dating Violence 4 Reasons)



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Someone they were Going out withyou were dating hit, threatened or made you feel afraid



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Physical & Mental Health something sexual





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Students Treated for a Mental / least 12 months Emotional Health Problem


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Weight Status based on BMI Index least 12 months

9th Grade 12th Grade


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Emotional Well-being/Distress least 12 months

  • 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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I do things before I think least 12 months (agree/mostly agree)


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I am often unhappy, depressed or tearful least 12 months (agree/mostly agree)






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Use of Any Tobacco Product in Past 30 Days at Least Once in Past 30 Days


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Age at First Alcohol Use at Least Once in Past 30 Days

Males Females Males Females

9th Grade 12th Grade


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Age at First Marijuana Use at Least Once in Past 30 Days

Males Females Males Females

9th Grade 12th Grade


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Students using Stimulants in past 12 Months at Least Once in Past 30 Days











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Recommendations

  • Continue intensive and comprehensive prevention efforts to sustain recent improvements

  • Pay close attention to illegal prescription drug use among older adolescents

  • Increase 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




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Contact Info


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