Saint Paul Public Schools Four-Year Graduation Rate Hits All-Time High in 2016
The four-year student graduation rates for Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) was 1.5 percentage points higher than 2015 with admirable
results across both traditional and non-traditional secondary schools.
The 2016 four-year graduation rate for Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) hit an all-time high of 76.5 percent.
District-wide, graduation rates for Hispanic students were higher for the seventh consecutive year and higher for Black students for the fourth consecutive year.
"I think there are four main reasons for our marked improvement on graduation rates," said Dr. John Thein, SPPS Superintendent. "First, our students have worked hard. They've had wonderful support from our teachers and staff. Their families have stood behind them and so has our community."
"Those investments into our students and their futures have paid off," he continued. "But, most of the credit goes to the students."
The 2016 graduation rate is 1.5 percentage points higher than in 2015 when the rate was 75.0 percent. Last year the graduation rate remained steady, but prior to that the district saw consistent increases each previous year.
According to data released by the Minnesota Department of Education graduation rate highlights for SPPS includes the following:
- The largest change in four-year graduation rates was of White students.
- Hispanic students, Black students, English Language Learners, and students eligible for free/reduced lunch had higher graduation rates than the state rate for the same student groups.
- Graduation rates for Hispanic students were higher for the seventh consecutive year.
- Graduation rates for Black students were higher for the fourth consecutive year.
- Creative Arts Secondary (a Priority School) had the highest graduation rate in the district.
- Highland Park Senior and Washington Technology Magnet had higher graduation rates for four consecutive years.
- Asian students at Highland Park Senior had a 4-year graduation rate of 100 percent.