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Minneapolis sees graduation rate increases, commits to making progress for all students

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) saw graduation rates rise districtwide. Nearly 70% percent of Minneapolis students graduated in four years, the highest graduation rate of the past decade. Districtwide, the four-year graduation rate for 2018 was 69%, and the average seven-year rate was 76%. 

Superintendent Graff acknowledged the positive trend for MPS. “We continue to make strides in improving graduation rates for our students, including our students of color,” he said. “Graduation rates among American Indian students are up 7%, Black students are up 5%, and Asian students are up 4%. At Wellstone in particular, graduation rates rose 26% this year. This is progress we can be proud of.”
However, Graff also emphasized more work needs to be done to graduate every student in MPS. “Right now, there is too much variability in graduation across student groups and schools,” he said. “We must focus on every individual student. Graduation is a culmination of efforts by staff, students and families over a student’s entire educational career, not just in high school.”
“To that end, every single MPS student must have access to a rigorous PreK-12 education, which leads to a diploma that opens doors to their future,” Graff concluded.
Due to the way data is presented, the state’s graduation rates do not highlight the success of School-within-a-School (SWS) programs, which offer flexible programming to accommodate students’ diverse life situations. In SWS, students receive individualized support in smaller classes as they fulfill graduation requirements. If SWS students are counted in their larger school’s four-year graduation rates, generally rates increase further.
For more information on MPS’s efforts to ensure every student graduates ready for college and career, visit mpls.k12.mn.us.