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MN Dept. of Education to add nonbinary gender options for student data collection – Twin Cities

2020-11-30 16:35:02 –

The Minnesota Department of Education is preparing to update its student data collection system to recognize gender identity between men and women.

The ministry said it began investigating change last year and held a feedback session between supporters and opponents in March. The public comment period begins on Monday and lasts until December 13.

Non-binary pride flag (Kye Rowan via Wikimedia Commons)

By 2022, the department aims to have all schools collect and report student enrollments using new options. It has not yet been determined exactly what these options are.

Since 2018, Minnesota has been able to mark gender as “non-binary” on behalf of men or women in driver’s license applications.

However, participants in the Ministry of Education feedback sessions generally wanted more options, including non-binary, gender choir, gender fluid, and two-spirit, the ministry said.

Some school districts already offer students three or more gender options in their local recording system, but these records need to be converted into binary choices for state data collection.

In 2015, St. Paul’s Public School began allowing students to write in other genders on behalf of men or women. The school district also allows you to formally select the toilets your students use, the sport of a single gender they can play, and the pronouns that match their gender identity.

Nearly 3% of 9th grade students who participated in the anonymous Minnesota Student Survey in 2019 said they either self-identified or did not know their gender, either male or non-female.

The education department uses student gender information to report achievement data such as graduation rates and standardized test scores.

To comment on your suggestions, please send an email to mde.datafeedback @ state.mn.us.

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