graduation capData released by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on February 27 showed that Osseo Area Schools is making progress in several areas used to measure improvement in high school graduation rates.

It’s important to note that MDE is using a new approach to calculate graduation rates as part of its implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Learn more about the new calculation.

District staff is continuing to analyze the data available from the state, and will dig deeper into individual student data to do detailed analysis for the purpose of identifying areas for course correction yet this year and planning for continuous improvement for subsequent school years.

Preliminary findings for Osseo Area Schools include:

  • The 4-year graduation rate rose from 82.2% in 2012 to 84.0% in 2017.
  • The 7-year graduation rate rose from 86.6% in 2012 to 92.1% in 2017.
  • The dropout rate for 2017 (4.3%) was lower than the state rate (4.7%).
  • All reported racial student groups increased 4-year graduation rates from 2012 to 2017.
  • For 2017, all reported racial student groups have 4-year graduation rates equal to or higher than state averages for those same student groups.
  • For 2017, the district’s 7-year graduation rate (92.1%) was higher than the state rate (87.0%).

Learn more about state and local graduation rate data.


Yellow Tree Theatre cast members talk to Park Center Senior High students

Drama is not something easily taught in a classroom; drama comes alive when experienced in a theatre. Through a partnership with Yellow Tree Theatre and Osseo Lions Club, 90 Park Center Senior High 12th-graders had the opportunity to experience a private performance of The Royale production in the Yellow Tree Theatre.

On Feb. 9, the students rode the bus to the local theater, sponsored by the Osseo Lions Club, and watched the show. “It felt like we were living in the action because we could feel the emotions of each actor and see every detail,” said one student. “It was mind boggling.”

In addition to the live performance, the students also had a private chat with the actors and learned what it takes to become a professional actor. In this discussion, students also had the opportunity to talk with the actors about key themes in the play. The Royale is inspired by the story of Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, and is set in the 1900s when the boxing world was racially segregated.

“As a Maple Grove Senior High graduate, I love being able to give back to Osseo Area Schools and play an active role in making sure students are able to engage in theater the way I was able to,” said Kara Wolf, audience services and development manager at Yellow Tree Theatre. “Productions like this one are so relevant to today’s world and open up the doors for valuable and important conversation among peers and teachers alike."