The Minnesota Department of Education is set to release information about the “state of our students” later this morning. (Thursday)

The new report from North Star Accountability will focus on a variety of factors like attendance, advanced placement participation, student enrollment, and graduation rates. The report also has data comparisons for each student group at the state, district and school levels. Education officials say gauging achievement through tests alone–as had been done in the past–is too limiting. They say the North Star report gives a clearer picture of how the state may better serve the needs of every student.