gradrateWhen the Minnesota Department of Education released graduation rate data this week, staff in Osseo Area Schools celebrated big improvements in the five-year trend for individual schools as well as at the district level.

Over the past five years, the overall on-time (within four years) graduation rate has increased by three percent, with 81.8% of all ISD 279 students graduating on time in 2013, outpacing the state average of 79.5%.

The school district reported significant improvements in the graduation rates of racial sub-groups, English Learners, students receiving special education, and students in poverty. In eight of the nine sub-groups measured, more students are graduating on time; the ninth sub-group was stable.

On-time graduation by Osseo Area Schools students outpaces state averages in all but two categories measured. The district’s graduation rate for students receiving special education services is slightly lower than the state because many special education students participate in transition programs that allow them to continue their education through age 21. The rate for Hispanic students is also slightly lower than the state average.

At the individual school level, results over the past five years were also positive:

  • Park Center Senior High’s on-time graduation rate increased by 10 percent, with improvements in 7 of the 8 sub-groups measured.
    • The largest gains were made by black students and students learning English (gains of 26 percent and 35 percent, respectively).
    • Park Center’s graduation rates are above or at district averages in 7 of the 8 sub-groups reported.
  • Osseo Senior High’s on-time graduation rate increased by 2 percent, with improvements in 6 of the 8 sub-groups measured.
    • The largest gains at Osseo were also made by black students and students learning English (gains of 24 percent and 13 percent, respectively).
  • Maple Grove Senior High’s on-time graduation rate increased by 1 percent.
    • The on-time graduation rate for Maple Grove students is already over 90%, more than 10 percent above the state average.
    • Most sub-groups remained stable.

Osseo Area Schools Superintendent Kate Maguire said, “Our steady increases in student growth, proficiency and graduation rates are the result of a collective set of practices, implemented over time. There’s no single solution. It’s all of us, doing everything we can every day for every student.”

Key factors are:

  • Talented, dedicated and caring staff who have a shared vision for student success;
  • Effective instruction and relationship building;
  • Tight alignment of curriculum and assessments to expectations set by the state;
  • Early intervention when students are not meeting academic or behavioral expectations; and
  • Strategic planning for continuous improvement.

Learn more on the Minnesota Department of Education website.

 

--Posted February 24, 2014