SPPS Students Graduate at Higher Rates than Statewide Peers in Multiple Areas

  • Published by Saint Paul Public Schools Feb. 27, 2018

    Saint Paul Public Schools Class of 2017 reached a 76.9 percent four-year graduation rate and multiple student groups surpassed the state graduation rate average.

    Additionally these high schools had graduation rates of 85 percent or higher for all students: Central, Highland, Johnson, Open World Learning and Washington Technology Magnet.

    "Graduation rates remain an important measure propelling students toward college and career readiness," said Joe Gothard, SPPS Superintendent. "We are pleased that we are exceeding the state average again this year. It’s a testament to the work of our students and our teachers.”

    "Still, we will continue to work with focus and intention to increase graduation rates among student groups below our district average."

    Four-Year Graduation Rate According to data released today by the Minnesota Department of Education, graduation rate highlights for SPPS include the following:

    • American Indian students, Hispanic students, Black students, English Language Learners, homeless students and students eligible for free/reduced lunch had higher graduation rates than the state rate for the same student groups.
    • Overall, the highest graduation rate for student groups in SPPS were white students 84.3; and Asian students 80.6.
    • Open World Learning (OWL) had the highest graduation rate in the district.
    • Six schools posted higher than state average graduation rates for Hispanic students.
    • Seven high schools reached higher than state average graduation rates for Black students.
    • Seven schools had higher than state average graduation rates for English Learners.
    • Five schools surpassed state averages of graduation rates for students experiencing homelessness.
    • Eight schools had higher graduation rates than the state average for low income / free- and Reduced-Price Meal eligible students.

Four-Year Graduation Rate

  • The MDE 4-Year Graduation Rate is defined and used by the state for accountability purposes. This formula counts the number of students graduating from high school within four years after entering grade nine, as a percent of all students who graduated, dropped out, are continuing high school, or have an unknown outcome. Students who transferred into the district are included in this calculation; those who transferred out are not.

  • SPPS to State Comparisons


    Note: Change In Calculation

    This year’s graduation results reflect the Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) revisions to its graduation calculation. This is related to its implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). For comparisons, MDE has applied the changes retroactively to previous years going back to the class of 2012.

    Graduation rates using the previous calculation (prior to February 2018) should no longer be used. Additionally comparisons between the previous calculation (prior to February 2018) and the current calculation are not appropriate.