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How do you find ratings for schools in Minnesota?

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SchoolDigger.com, GreatSchools and the Minnesota Department of Education are each a source of information about Minnesota school ratings. The former two reviewers are independent of any particular school system, whereas the Minnesota Department of Education provides ratings and results based upon its own inside data.

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At the SchoolDigger.com homepage, click on a state to open a ratings report about its schools. For in-depth details about a school or a district in the report, click on its name. Each in-depth profile includes reviews by parents and students, SchoolDigger.com's star rating, a school's overall performance, its test scores, demographics and its surrounding neighborhood.

SchoolDigger.com does not disclose the methodology behind its rating system, but GreatSchools does. GreatSchools uses a 10-point scale that reflects a school's test scores, the academic growth of students and college readiness. Find a specific school by name or by typing a city into the GreatSchools.com search tool.

GreatSchools offers seven filters to help refine searches, and a compare tool allows you to select and contrast up to four schools side-by-side. Each school profile includes a GreatSchools rating from one to 10, demographics, subjects offered, the student population, test scores and an overall school rating. Like SchoolDigger.com, GreatSchools reviews both public and private schools.

The Minnesota Department of Education provides annually updated exhaustive report cards for every public school that operates within Minnesota. Each school report card reveals test results, school performance, staffing profiles, graduation rates and federal accountability via Annual Yearly Progress reports.

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