Counting All Students Update: May 31, 2018

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Counting All Students Update | May 31, 2018


New legislation requires the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to report graduation rates, results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs), and more, by detailed ethnicity for students of color and American Indian students. This legislation is referred to as the “All Kids Count Act,” and the more detailed reporting is called data disaggregation. The goal of collecting more detailed ancestry or ethnic origin information is to better understand and identify educational needs of all students in Minnesota

During the 2018-19 school year, we will be working with five partner school districts or charter schools to develop best practices: Community of Peace Academy, Minnetonka Public Schools, Schoolcraft Learning Community, St. Paul Public Schools, and Worthington Public Schools. All Minnesota districts and charter schools will be included in the statewide implementation in the 2019-20 school year, so it is important to start preparing now.

The Counting All Students newsletter will help keep stakeholders informed of the process of implementing the All Kids Count Act, including important updates, engagement opportunities and more.


New Website

In addition to launching this newsletter, MDE has created a webpage in order to be more transparent and more effective in communicating updates on Counting All Students. Please visit the webpage for information about the All Kids Count Act, including a helpful Frequently Asked Questions document.

Forms Finalized

Based on stakeholder feedback over the past 10 months MDE has prepared a sample detailed demographics collection form, parent letter, and frequently asked questions. These forms will be provided to the five partner districts who will pilot the data collection process for the 2018-19 school year. These documents will also be translated and made accessible. Once they are available they will be posted to the MDE Counting All Students webpage.

Stakeholder Meetings

  • Stakeholder update meeting: Thursday, June 21, at 5:30-7 p.m. at the MDE office in Roseville. During this meeting, staff will provide an update of activities related to efforts to implement Counting All Students. Register to attend.
  • Stakeholder feedback sessions: Monday, July 9, and Monday, July 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the MDE office in Roseville. During these meetings, MDE will be seeking stakeholder feedback in order to further refine the sample detailed demographics collection form, parent letter, and frequently asked questions documents. The feedback gathered during these sessions will inform the revisions to the documents to be used during the 2019-20 school year statewide implementation. Information and registration will soon be available on MDE’s calendar page.

Counting All Students

The All Kids Count Act is legislation that requires the Minnesota Department of Education to collect more detailed ancestry or ethnic origin information about students in order to better understand and identify educational needs of all students in Minnesota. Learn more on the Counting All Students webpage.