Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is one of Minnesota's largest school districts with more than 39,000 students. Superintendent Valeria Silva began leading SPPS in 2010, following more than two decades as a teacher, principal and administrator. Highly trained and deeply dedicated staff, cutting-edge academic programs, and strong community support are among the district’s hallmarks. Our student population is diverse, with students who speak more than 125 languages and dialects.
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Graduation rates up across the board
From 2010 to 2013, the MDE graduation rate increased by 12 percentage points, from 61% to 73%, and racial disparities has narrowed in this area.
ACT participation and scores up
• The percentage of 12th grade SPPS students taking the ACT increased from 57% in 2010 to 63% in 2013.
• From 2010-11 to 2012-13, the percentage of ACT-takers scoring 21 or higher increased from 34% to 37%.
MCA Reading scores increased by 1 percentage point from 2012-13-2013-14, from 37% to 38% (more rigorous standards set in 12-13, so comparisons to prior years are not recommended).
MCA Math scores decreased by 1 percentage point from 2010-11 to 2013-14, from 41% to 40%.
Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR)*
• Out of the 46 SPPS schools rated under the statewide MMR in 2013 and 2014, 19 (41%) maintained their current designation level and an additional 4 (9%) schools improved their designation this year.
• Of the 4 schools going up a designation, Ramsey Middle went up two levels and Johnson Senior went up three levels.
Suspensions decreased 17%, from 2011-2012 to 2013-2014 (4,140 total suspensions in 11-12 and 3,445 total suspensions in 13-14).
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