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Minneapolis Public Schools celebrates increasing graduation rates

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 22, 2016
 
 
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Dirk Tedmon
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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, and those at Edison improved nearly 7 percent. 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, visit mpls.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 %
 
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