Saint Paul, Minn. – Saint Paul Public Schools reports the largest graduation rate increases in Minnesota in more than a decade. The district also realized critical reductions in the disparities in graduation rates between white students and students of color.
According to data released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Education, graduation rate highlights for SPPS include:
• The disparity between the graduation rates for Black and White students decreased.
• The state average for graduation rates for Black students is 57 percent. The graduation rates for Black students in SPPS schools are higher than the state average at most high schools.
• The state average for graduation rates for English Language Learning (ELL) students is 59 percent. The graduation rates for ELL students in SPPS schools are higher than the state average at all SPPS schools.
• Most high schools increased graduation rates of student demographic groups including racial/ethnic and other demographics.
• Most high schools increased graduation rates of all students from 2012 to 2013.
• The state average for graduation rates for all students is 79 percent. Most SPPS schools have percentages that are equal to or higher than the state average.
“This is fundamentally a culture shift within Saint Paul Public Schools,” said Valeria Silva, Superintendent of SPPS. “We are starting to see the results from the Strong Schools, Strong Communities plan and in our work to ensure educational equity for all students.
Silva added that, “We are seeing that when you raise up the struggling students, all student performance rises.”
Examples of the information that is highlighted above is included in the following graphic and shows specific schools and results. It is also listed in great detail online at SPPS.org.
Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said the announcement is proof positive that the hard work of our teachers and administrators is yielding real results,
“I applaud the collaboration of partners who came together to make this possible. We still have much work to do, and I have all confidence that, together with our community and district, we will continue to make substantive progress in closing Saint Paul’s achievement gap,” Coleman said.
Today’s graduation announcement included a rise in Saint Paul’s overall graduation rate by 5.25 percent last year, and almost 13 percent since 2009.