Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS): Celebrates increasing graduation rates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 22, 2016

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Minneapolis Public Schools celebrates increasing graduation rates

MINNEAPOLIS – For the second year in a row, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) saw a 5‑percent increase in its graduation rates. More than 64 percent of Minneapolis students graduated within four years, the highest four‑year graduation rate in a decade. In addition, graduation rates increased across all student groups. American Indian students’ graduation rate increased almost 7 percent. Among Hispanic students, there was a 12‑percent rise. African-American students’ graduation rate grew by 5 percent, a jump that resulted in a graduation rate of more than 50 percent. Rates rose notably for Asian and White students as well. “For the fifth year in a row, we’ve seen continuous growth in Minneapolis Public Schools’ graduation rates,” said Interim Superintendent Michael Goar. “This is a testament to the hard work being done by students and teachers across the district. I am so proud of their efforts, which prove MPS is on the right track.” Goar also noted the impressive gains made at MPS’ seven community high schools. North High School accomplished close to a 30‑percent increase in graduation rates, and Roosevelt High School saw a nearly 10‑percent increase. African-American students at Henry High School rose 15 percent in their graduation rates. At Roosevelt and South, Hispanic students graduated nearly 15 percent more than in previous years; Washburn saw a 10‑percent rise in the same student group. South and Southwest both significantly increased graduation rates among English Learner students. A celebration to applaud schools’ accomplishments will be held today, Feb. 22, at 2:45 p.m. at North High School (1500 James Ave. N.). For more information on MPS’ efforts to ensure every student graduates ready for college and career, visitmpls.k12.mn.us.

District graduation rates for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015:

Demographic Description 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
All students 46.9 % 50.1 % 53.9 % 58.7 % 64.3 %
     American Indian 21.8 % 25.0 % 33.7 % 29.2 % 36.1 %
     Asian 62.4 % 67.2 % 68 % 77.6 % 80.3 %
     Hispanic 34.4 % 36.8 % 41.3 % 45.1 % 57.0 %
     Black 36.0 % 36.7 % 43.4 % 47.3 % 52.3 %
     White 67.3 % 69.8 % 72.1 % 77.3 % 81.6 %
English Learner (EL) 38.3 % 35.6 % 44.3 % 52.4 % 51.9 %
Special Education 19.9 % 19.1 % 24.9 % 22.8 % 40.4 %
Free/Reduced price meals 38.4 % 41.5 % 44.2 % 49.0 % 56.5 %

MPS community high school graduation rates for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

High School 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Edison 53.7% 51.6 % 55.9 % 61.8 % 63.6 %
Henry 72.5 % 68.3 % 77.7 % 85.5 % 87.0 %
North 48.3 % 44.1 % 36.8 % 42.1 % 70.3 %
Roosevelt 57.6 % 49.2 % 49.0 % 58.4 % 68.2 %
South 67.6 % 74.6 % 70.2 % 73.0 % 79.0 %
Southwest 79.7 % 79.9 % 81.1 % 85.6 % 85.9 %
Washburn 52.3 % 52.7 % 63.6 % 78.1 % 80.0 %

2007–2015 graduation trend data:

2007 46.9 %
2008 45.3 %
2009 42.3 %
2010 47.2 %
2011 46.9 %
2012 50.1 %
2013 53.9 %
2014 58.7 %
2015 64.3 %