Data released by the Minnesota Department of Education on March 5 showed that the graduation rates for students in Osseo Area Schools generally compare favorably to state averages; yet, the district has more work to do to improve graduation rates for specific student groups and to eliminate gaps among all groups measured.

From 2012 to 2019, the district’s on-time (four-year) graduation rate rose from 82% to 84%. Over that same time frame, four-year and seven-year rates have remained above corresponding state rates.

A preliminary review of the 2019 results showed the following:

Celebrations

  • District four-year and seven-year graduation rates remain above state rates.
  • For all racial groups except for Hispanic and Multiracial students, the district four-year and seven-year graduation rates are at or above comparable state averages.
  • All other demographic (non-racial) groups are at or above their comparable statewide averages except Males, who have slightly lower four-year graduation rates than their peers statewide.

Areas for concern

  • District four-year graduation rates decreased from 84.9% in 2018 to 84.1% in 2019.
  • District seven-year graduation rates decreased from 91.3% in 2018 to 90.3% in 2019.
  • From 2013 to 2018, the district four-year dropout rates ranged from 2.8% to 4.2%, but increased to 6.1% in 2019.
  • District four-year dropout rates have been at or below the state rates since 2011-12, but are above the state this year.
  • District seven-year dropout rates increased from 6.5% in 2017 (matching the lowest rate on record) to 8.4% in 2019 (the second highest on record).

What’s next?

  • District-level staff and school leaders will dig into the data for each high school and every student group.
  • The district will continue to work to improve outcomes for every student group. Students receiving special education and English language services will receive particularly focused attention.
  • 2020-2021 improvement plans will include school-level action to improve specific graduation rate outcomes at each high school.