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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STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Graduation rates up across the board 
From 2009 to 2012 (most recent data available), the overall SPPS four-year graduation rate increased by 7 percentage points (+7), from 59% to 66%, and racial disparities have 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 up 5 percentage points from 2009-10 to 2011-12.

MCA Math scores up 3 percentage points from 2010-11 to 2012-13. 

Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR)*
• Out of the 44 SPPS schools rated under the statewide MMR in 2012 and 2013, 10 (23%) schools improved their designations this year 
• Monroe, Harding and Washington schools are now MMR “Celebration Schools” < • Of the 10 schools going up a designation, Humboldt and Phalen Lake jumped up two levels
• Only two schools went down in their MMR designations
* The MMR is based on MCA proficiency and growth results, with graduation rates also included for high schools.

The number of AVID high school students getting ready for graduation and college has risen from 1,042 to 1,384. 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE
Megan Olivia Hall, science teacher at Open World Learning Community, was named 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year by Education Minnesota.

Teresa Vibar, principal of Highland Park Elementary School, received the 2013 Division Leadership Achievement Award from the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association. 

98.8% of Washington’s class of 2013, graduated on time (83 out 84 seniors graduated). 

OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE
It’s now easier to ride the bus, to school in St. Paul because buses pick up elementary students as close as 1/2 mile from their homes.

All SPPS buildings are now open, renovated and in use including four formerly closed buildings.

Parent Academy has graduated 1,980 parents from spring 2011 to 2013, meeting 72% of its graduation goal (2,736) for spring 2014.

Partnered with Saint Paul Federation of Teachers to launch the Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project. 

Breakfast to Go 69% of students (up 26% percentage points since 2009-10) are participating in the program that provides free, healthy breakfast to all students.

It’s easier for families to compare classes at different schools, with the addition of some new courses and improved course coding. 

Families can enjoy updated, more user-friendly school websites. 

We are working toward racial and economic diversity in each school through the Reflecting Saint Paul program; 82% of qualifying students were placed in schools with higher-income student populations.

The adoption of a Racial Equity Policy cements the district’s commitment to the success of children of ALL races. 

More than 1,200 employees participated in racial equity workshops. 

Suspensions decreased 38%, resulting in more students staying in school (2010-11 to 2012-13). 

To increase equity for children everywhere in St. Paul, school district leaders are working closely with City of Saint Paul and Ramsey County leaders on issues of race. 

Kindergarten enrollment met projections for the 2013-14 school year by August.

40% of students attend schools closer to their homes.

With the addition of a new online enrollment system, 49% of student applications were completed online.

More than 500 students now keep learning during the summer at the Freedom School, nearly 10 times more than three years ago.

SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS
Students have access and transportation to 14 specialized programs – such as language and cultural immersion programs and aerospace engineering – that begin in kindergarten and go all the way through graduation.

With the addition of classrooms, 26% more 4-year-olds will benefit from Pre-K. 

More students participating in instrumental music after school.

SPPS added Parkway, a Montessori middle school.

Our Chinese Immersion program continues to grow by one grade a year and now offers K-3.

Como Park Senior High School opened a finance program in partnership with its on-site Saint Paul Federal Credit Union.

Language support services are now more accessible to students new to the United States, because Language Academies are now available in at least one school in every SPPS Area.

Special Education services are now more conveniently available in at least one school in every SPPS Area.

More Special Education programs are offered within regular classroom settings.

 SPPS redesigned gifted services recognize talent development in all students.

All elementary schools offer the equivalent of 100 minutes of science instruction each week.

All middle and high schools are now organized in quarters and semesters.

All middle schools have a seven-period day, plus an advisory class.

Created the Office of Early Learning to expand Pre-K learning opportunities for Saint Paul families through community partnerships.

Sixth grade is now part of middle school, providing three years to build student and teacher relationships.

Students entering middle school get support with the transition through CAMP 6, a new before- school-starts adventure.

All sixth-grade students will have access to intramural sports teams and activities.

 Lengthening the learning day and summer learning through stronger city and out-of-school time programs like Sprockets.

The successful Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) program continues to support the professional development of our teachers in SPPS.

42% of SPPS leaders benefitted from mentoring and coaching to increase their leadership skills.

A new principal evaluation tool was instituted.

SPPS students will experience more instruction tailored precisely to their learning needs as a result of a $39 million referendum approved by 62% of Saint Paul voters, which included $9 million for personalized learning.

Increased direct funding to schools by approximately $25.2 million from 2011-12 to 2013-14. 

The district is partnering with the University of Minnesota on a National Science Foundation grant.

The school district receives some $6 million in grants annually for projects and programs to enrich the student learning experience.