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K-12 Education in Minnesota
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Brenda Cassellius
Number of students: 839,738[1]
Number of teachers: 52,832
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:15.9
Number of school districts: 555
Number of schools: 2,392
Graduation rate: 78%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $10,712[3]
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Note: The statistics on this page are mainly from government sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics. Figures given are the most recent as of June 2014, with school years noted in the text or footnotes.
The Minnesota public school system (prekindergarten-grade 12) operates within districts governed by locally elected school boards and superintendents. In 2012 Minnesota had 839,738 students enrolled in a total of 2,392 schools in 555 school districts. There were 52,832 teachers in the public schools, or roughly one teacher for every 16 students, compared to the national average of 1:16. There is roughly one administrator for every 396 students, compared to the national average of one administrator for every 295 students.[4] On average Minnesota spent $10,712 per pupil in 2011, which ranks it 24th highest in the nation. The state's graduation rate was 78 percent in 2012.[5]

State agencies

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The vision statement of the Minnesota Department of Education reads:[6]
The Minnesota Department of Education provides an excellent education for Minnesota students by implementing Governor Mark Dayton’s 7-Point Plan for Better Schools for a Better Minnesota. We strive for excellence, equity and opportunity by focusing on closing the achievement gap, supporting high-quality teaching, using innovative strategies to improve educational outcomes, and ensuring all students graduate from high school well-prepared for college, career and life.[7]

The Commissioner of Education serves as the head of the Department of Education. The Commissioner of Education is appointed by the Governor. The term of office expires either when the Governor's term expires or the Governor leaves office. The current Commissioner of Education is Brenda Cassellius.[8][9]

Common Core

Common Core, or Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. As of June 2014, Minnesota had only adopted the English standards.[10]

Regional comparison

See also: General comparison table for education statistics in the 50 states
See also: Education spending per pupil in all 50 states

The following chart shows how Minnesota compares to three neighboring states with respect to number of students, schools, the number of teachers per pupil, and the number of administrators per pupil. Further comparisons between these states with respect to performance and financial information are given in other sections of this page.

Regional comparison
State Schools Districts Students Teachers Teacher/pupil ratio Administrator/pupil ratio Per pupil spending
Minnesota 2,392 555 839,738 52,832 1:15.9 1:396.1 $10,712
North Dakota 513 223 97,646 8,525 1:11.5 1:216.4 $11,420
South Dakota 704 171 128,016 9,247 13.8 1:309.8 $8,805
Wisconsin 2,243 462 871,105 56,245 1:15.5 1:363.9 $11,774
United States 98,328 17,992 49,521,669 3,103,263 1:16 21:95.2 $10,994
Sources: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey", 2011-12 v.1a.

National Center for Education Statistics, Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12
U.S. Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011,Governments Division Reports," issued May 2013

Demographics

See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Minnesota as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[11]

Demographic information for Minnesota's K-12 public school system
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 15,076 1.80% 1.10%
Asian 52,186 6.21% 4.68%
African American 77,274 9.20% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students 650 0.08% 0.42%
Hispanic 62,083 7.39% 24.37%
White 613,019 73.00% 51.21%
Two or more 19,450 2.32% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

Enrollments by region type

See also: Student distribution by region type in the U.S.

A plurality of students in Minnesota attend rural schools. Approximately 50 percent of the state's students attend rural or town schools, compared to approximately 50 percent who attend city or suburban schools.

Student distribution by region type, 2011 - 2012 (as percents)
State City schools Suburban schools Town schools Rural schools
Minnesota 20.8% 29.4% 19.5% 30.4%
North Dakota 26% 8.9% 20.2% 45%
South Dakota 25.8% 0.8% 27% 46.5%
Wisconsin 27.5% 24% 19.2% 29.3%
U.S. average 28.9% 34% 11.6% 25.4%
Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD)

Academic performance

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NAEP scores

See also: NAEP scores by state

The National Center for Education Statistics provides state-by-state data on student achievement levels in mathematics and reading in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Compared to three neighboring states (North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin), Minnesota had the highest share of students (both fourth and eighth graders) who scored at or above proficient in math and reading.[12]

Percent of students scoring at or above proficient, 2012-2013
Math - Grade 4 Math - Grade 8 Reading - Grade 4 Reading - Grade 8
Minnesota 59 47 41 41
North Dakota 48 41 34 34
South Dakota 40 38 32 36
Wisconsin 47 40 35 36
U.S. average 41 34 34 34
Source: United States Department of Education, ED Data Express, "State Tables," accessed May 13, 2014
NAEP assessment data for all students 2012-2013

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Graduation, ACT and SAT scores

See also: Graduation rates by groups in state
See also: ACT and SAT scores in the U.S.

The following table shows the graduation rates and average composite ACT and SAT scores for Minnesota and surrounding states.[12][13][14]

Comparison table for graduation rates and test scores*
State Graduation rate, 2012 Average ACT Composite, 2012 Average SAT Composite, 2013
Percent Quintile ranking** Score Participation rate Score Participation rate
Minnesota 78% Fourth 22.8 74% 1,780 6%
North Dakota 87% First 20.7 100% 1,799 2%
South Dakota 83% Second 21.8 81% 1,760 3%
Wisconsin 88% First 22.1 71% 1,771 4%
U.S. average 80% 21.1 1,498
*Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Rate (except for Idaho, Kentucky, Oklahoma, which did not report “Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate,” but instead used their own method of calculation).
**Graduation rates for states in the first quintile ranked in the top 20 percent nationally. Similarly, graduation rates for states in the fifth quintile ranked in the bottom 20 percent nationally.
Source: United States Department of Education, ED Data Express

Dropout rate

See also: Public high school dropout rates by state for a full comparison of dropout rates by group in all states

The high school event dropout rate indicates the proportion of students who were enrolled at some time during the school year and were expected to be enrolled in grades 9–12 in the following school year but were not enrolled by October 1 of the following school year. Students who have graduated, transferred to another school, died, moved to another country, or who are out of school due to illness are not considered dropouts. The average public high school event dropout rate for the United States remained constant at 3.3 percent for both SY 2010–11 and SY 2011–12. The event dropout rate for Minnesota was lower than the national average at 1.8 percent in the 2010-2011 school year, and 1.9 percent in the 2011-2012 school year.[15]

Educational choice options

See also: School choice in Minnesota

School choice options in Minnesota include: charter schools, school choice tax credits, an inter-district open enrollment policy and online learning programs. In addition, about 9.57 percent of school age children in the state attended private schools in the 2011-12 academic year, and an estimated 1.80 percent were homeschooled in 2012-13.

Education funding and expenditures

See also: Minnesota state budget
Breakdown of expenditures by function in FY 2012.
Source: National Association of State Budget Officers

According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), the state spent approximately 23.8 percent of its fiscal year 2012 budget on elementary and secondary education. As a share of the budget, this is down 2.60 percentage points, or 9.8 percent, from fiscal year 2008, when the state spent 26.4 percent of its budget on elementary and secondary education.[16][17][18][19][20]

Comparison of financial figures for school systems
State Percent of budget (2012) Per pupil spending (2011) Revenue sources (2011)
Percent federal funds Percent state funds Percent local funds
Minnesota 23.8% $10,712 7.93% 59.52% 32.55%
North Dakota 13.8% $11,420 14.8% 49.93% 35.27%
South Dakota 14.3% $8,805 20.26% 28.93% 50.81%
Wisconsin 16.7% $11,774 8.79% 45.83% 45.38%
Sources: NASBO, "State Expenditure Report," Table 8: Elementary and Secondary Education Expenditures As a Percent of Total Expenditures
U.S. Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011,Governments Division Reports," issued May 2013

Revenue breakdowns

See also: Public school system revenues in the U.S.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public school system revenues in Minnesota totaled approximately $11.2 billion in fiscal year 2011. The table and chart below present further detail, including revenue sources, for Minnesota and surrounding states.[21]

Revenues by source, FY 2011 (amounts in thousands)
Federal revenue State revenue Local revenue Total revenue
Minnesota $886,619 $6,657,769 $3,641,015 $11,185,403
North Dakota $186,844 $630,430 $445,402 $1,262,676
South Dakota $262,395 $374,648 $658,100 $1,295,143
Wisconsin $1,002,909 $5,226,954 $5,175,978 $11,405,841
U.S. total $74,943,767 $267,762,416 $264,550,594 $607,256,777
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Public school revenues by source, FY 2011 (as percents)

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Expenditure breakdowns

See also: Public school system expenditures in the U.S.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public school system expenditures in Minnesota totaled approximately $10.9 billion in fiscal year 2011. The table and chart below present further detail, including expenditure types, for Minnesota and surrounding states.[21]

Expenditures by type, FY 2011 (amounts in thousands)
Current expenditures** Capital outlay Other*** Total expenditures
Minnesota $8,907,505 $1,077,969 $882,342 $10,867,816
North Dakota $1,099,271 $124,967 $28,501 $1,252,739
South Dakota $1,105,964 $199,636 $34,799 $1,340,399
Wisconsin $10,175,521 $541,918 $469,214 $11,186,653
U.S. total $520,577,893 $52,984,139 $29,581,293 $603,143,325
**Funds spent operating local public schools and local education agencies, including such expenses as salaries for school personnel, student transportation, school books and materials, and energy costs, but excluding capital outlay, interest on school debt, payments to private schools, and payments to public charter schools.
***Includes payments to state and local governments, payments to private schools, interest on school system indebtedness, and nonelementary-secondary expenditures, such as adult education and community services expenditures.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Public school expenditures, FY 2011 (as percents)

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Personnel salaries

See also: Public school teacher salaries in the U.S.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average national salary for classroom teachers in public elementary and secondary schools has declined by 1.3 percent from the 1999-2000 school year to the 2012-2013 school year. During the same period in Minnesota, the average salary increased by 3.4 percent.[22]

Estimated average salaries for teachers (in constant dollars**)
1999-2000 2009-2010 2011-2012 2012-2013 Percent difference
Minnesota $54,393 $55,967 $55,874 $56,268 3.4%
North Dakota $40,810 $45,862 $46,825 $47,344 16%
South Dakota $39,728 $41,456 $39,450 $39,580 -0.4%
Wisconsin $56,239 $54,721 $54,687 $55,171 -1.9%
U.S. average $57,133 $58,925 $56,340 $56,383 -1.3%
**"Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to a school-year basis. The CPI does not account for differences in inflation rates from state to state."

Organizations

Unions

In 2012 the Fordham Institute and Education Reform Now assessed the power and influence of state teacher unions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Their rankings were based on 37 different variables in five broad areas, including: resources and membership, involvement in politics, scope of bargaining, state policies and perceived influence. Minnesota ranked 14th overall, or "strong," which was in the second of five tiers.[23]

The main union related to the Minnesota school system is Education Minnesota, an affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). For the 2003 tax period the union had: $24.6 million in total revenue, $24.1 million in total expenses and $26.5 million in total assets.[24]

List of local Minnesota school unions:[25]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

See also: Minnesota government sector lobbying

The main education government sector lobbying organization is the Minnesota School Boards Association.

Transparency

Minnesota launched a spending transparency database in March 2009.[26][27] The website, created by Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB), "offers on-line, round-the-clock access to data on state payments for schools, local governments, contractors and other vendors. With just a few clicks, citizens can access detailed information on most state spending." According to state officials, the data is supplied by the state's accounting system and updated nightly.[26]

Education ballot measures

See also: Education on the ballot and List of Minnesota ballot measures


Ballotpedia staff have tracked 13 statewide ballot measures relating to education.

  1. Minnesota County Superintendent Qualifications, Amendment 4 (1908)
  2. Minnesota Definition of Academic Facilities, Amendment 1 (1934)
  3. Minnesota Divert Mining Tax, Amendment 3 (1956)
  4. Minnesota Investing School Funds, Amendment 3 (1875)
  5. Minnesota Investment of School Funds, Amendment 1 (1942)
  6. Minnesota Investment of School Funds, Amendment 2 (1916)
  7. Minnesota Investment of School Funds, Amendment 3 (1912)
  8. Minnesota Investment of School Funds, Amendment 5 (1914)
  9. Minnesota Prohibit Use of Funds for Sectarian Schools, Amendment 7 (1877)
  10. Minnesota Qualifications for County Superintendents, Amendment 5 (1912)
  11. Minnesota School Funds Loans, Amendment 1 (1886)
  12. Minnesota School Investment Requirements, Amendment 1 (1952)
  13. Minnesota Suffrage in School Affairs, Amendment 2 (1875)

Studies and reports

State Budget Solutions education study

See also: State spending on education v. academic performance (2012)

State Budget Solutions examined national trends in education from 2009 to 2011, including state-by-state analysis of education spending, graduation rates, and average ACT scores. The study showed that the states which spent the most did not have the highest average ACT test scores, nor did they have the highest average graduation rates. A summary of the study is available here. The full report can be accessed here.

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External links

References

  1. National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD); Table 2.—Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011-12," accessed May 12, 2014
  5. United States Department of Education, "ED Data Express," accessed May 12, 2014
  6. Minnesota Department of Education, "Office of the Commissioner," accessed May 21, 2014
  7. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  8. Minnesota Department of Education, "Executive Team," accessed May 21, 2014
  9. 2013 Minnesota Statutes, "Chapter 15, Section 06," accessed May 21, 2014
  10. Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State,” accessed June 12, 2014
  11. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 United States Department of Education, ED Data Express, "State Tables," accessed May 13, 2014
  13. ACT, "2012 ACT National and State Scores," accessed May 13, 2014
  14. Commonwealth Foundation, "SAT Scores by State 2013," October 10, 2013
  15. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Dropout and Graduation Rate Data File, School Year 2010-11, Provision Version 1a and School Year 2011-12, Preliminary Version 1a," accessed May 13, 2014
  16. National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2011-2013," accessed February 21, 2014
  17. National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2009-2011," accessed February 24, 2014
  18. National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditures Report, 2010-2012," accessed February 24, 2014
  19. National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2009," accessed February 24, 2014
  20. National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2008," accessed February 24, 2014
  21. 21.0 21.1 United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts: School Year 2010–11," accessed May 13, 2014
  22. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 211.60. Estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools, by state: Selected years, 1969-70 through 2012-13," accessed May 13, 2014
  23. Thomas E Fordham Institute, " How Strong Are U.S. Teacher Unions? A State-By-State Comparison," October 29, 2012
  24. Center for Union Facts, "Education Minnesota," accessed October 27, 2009
  25. Center for Union Facts, "Minnesota teachers unions," accessed October 27, 2009
  26. 26.0 26.1 Office of the Governor, "Governor Pawlenty Unveils New State Website to Allow Citizens to Track Government Spending Online," March 26, 2009
  27. Minnpost.com, "Many states, including Minnesota, lag in putting their spending on the Internet," February 27, 2009

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