Graduation rates up by 5 percent, from 54 percent to 59 percent; Across-the-board increases at all high schools and nearly all student groups
MINNEAPOLIS (Feb. 24, 2015) — Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) announced today that four-year graduation rates have increased for the third year in a row. The MPS graduation rate increased 5 percent, from 54 to 59 percent. This is an increase across all high schools and represents improvement for nearly all student groups.
Washburn High School experienced a 15 percent graduation rate increase while Roosevelt’s and Henry’s rates increased 9 and 8 percent, respectively. “We congratulate these three schools for their significant growth,” said Michael Goar, interim superintendent. “I commend our school leaders, educators and other staff for their continued focus on student success.” Edison’s rate increased 6 percent and North’s rate increased by 5 percent. Southwest’s rate increased by 4 percent and South saw a 3 percent increase.
The graduation rate increased by 10 percentage points for Asian students and 5 percentage points for white students. For African-American and Latino students, the rate improved by 4 percentage points. The graduation rate for English learners increased by 8 percentage points. For students eligible for free or reduced-price meals, it improved by 5 percentage points. The graduation rate for American Indian students and those who receive special education services slightly decreased by 4.5 percentage points and 2 percentage points, respectively.
While it is MPS’ goal to have students graduate in four years, we recognize that some students remain in school after four years in pursuit of a diploma. The percentage of MPS students graduating in five years increased by 4 percentage points to 64 percent total. MPS remains committed to accelerating the four-year graduation rates in all programs.
In support of Acceleration 2020, MPS will follow its vision to provide students with the highest quality education and prepare them for success well beyond their time with MPS. “While any improvement is encouraging, we have further to go in reaching our goal,”said Goar. “Moving forward, we must build on this growth, acting with a sense of urgency to reach our vision of making every student college and career ready after high school.”
MPS has a strong, long-term approach to preparing students for graduation and beyond, starting as early as middle school for most students. MPS schools remain focused on increasing rigor and access to advanced courses for all students at all academic levels.
District graduation rates for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
|All Students||46.9 %||50.1 %||53.9 %||58.7%|
|American Indian||21.8 %||25 %||33.7 %||29%|
|Asian||62.4 %||67.2 %||68 %||78%|
|Hispanic||34.4 %||36.8 %||41.3 %||45%|
|Black||36.0 %||36.7 %||43.4%||47%|
|White||67.3 %||69.8 %||72.1 %||77%|
|English Language (EL)|
|EL students||38.3%||35.6%||44.3 %||52%|
|All Special Education students||19.9%||19.1%||24.9 %||23%|
|Free and reduced price meals|
High school graduation rates for 2011, 2012 and 2013
|Edison||53.7 %||51.6%||55.9 %||62%|
|Henry||72.5 %||68.3 %||77.7 %||86%|
|North||48.3 %||44.1 %||36.8 %||42%|
|Roosevelt||57.6 %||49.2 %||49.0%||58%|
|South||67.6 %||74.6 %||70.2 %||73%|
|Southwest||79.7 %||79.9 %||81.1 %||85%|
|Washburn||52.3 %||52.7 %||63.6 %||79%|
2008-2012 Graduation trend data: