ST. PAUL (Feb. 24, 2015) — For the sixth consecutive year the four-year student graduation rates for Saint Paul Public Schools continued to increase across several high schools and all student groups, with one high school a full 10 percentage points above the state average.
With an overall graduation rate of 76 percent, SPPS graduation rates have exceeded the district’s Strong Schools, Strong Communities goal of 75 percent.
“These rising rates show us that in Saint Paul Public Schools, graduation is not just an option, but a destination,” said Valeria Silva, Superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools.
“SPPS also continued to reduce the disparities in graduation rates between White students and students of color, but graduation rates for White students also continued to increase,” she added.
According to the data released today by the Minnesota Department of Education, graduation rate highlights for SPPS include the following:
• Central Senior High School leads the district with a 91 percent four-year student graduation rate for a student population comprising 53 percent students receiving free or reduced-priced lunch (the generally accepted marker for low-income households.)
• Central is followed closely by Como Park Senior High School with an 88 percent four-year student graduation rate, but a significantly higher percentage (74.2 percent) of students who receive free or reduced-price lunch.
The disparity between the graduation rates for Black and White students decreased three percentage points from 18 percentage points to 15 percentage points. The graduation rate for Black students now stands at 69 percent.
SPPS had graduation rates higher than the state average for the following students: American Indian, Hispanic, Black, English Learners, and Free and Reduced-Price Lunch.
• The state average for graduation rates for students receiving free and reduced-price lunches is 66 percent. The SPPS graduation rates for those students is higher at 72 percent.
Examples of the information highlighted above is included in the following graphic and shows specific schools and results. For more details visit SPPS.org.