District maintains high graduation rate

The four-year graduation rate for students in Lakeville Area Public Schools District 194 remains high, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Feb. 27. The overall graduation rate increased slightly from 92.6 to 93.52 percent from 2016 to 2017, which is 11 percentage points higher than the statewide graduation rate.

2017 Graduation Rates

Of the 941 District 194 seniors included in MDE’s 2017 graduation data, 880 or 93.52 percent graduated. Of the students who did not graduate, only 1.17 dropped out and 2.55 percent were continuing their education. The 2017 statewide graduation rate was 82.75 percent. The overall graduation rates for the district’s two, four-year high schools in 2017 were: Lakeville South High School, 95.99 percent; and Lakeville North High School, 95.42 percent.

The gap in graduation rates between white and non-white students remains, but Lakeville Area graduation rates for all student groups continue to exceed state averages.

Four-year Graduation Rates (by percentage)

2017

2017

Student Group

State of Minnesota

District 194

All Students

82.7

93.52

Asian

85.5

100

Hispanic

66.3

79.17

Black

64.8

84.85

White

88.1

95.06

Two or more races

71.1

80

English Learner

64.7

81.25

Special Education

61.2

85.48

Free/Reduced Meals

69

82.21

These rates include Lakeville North High School, Lakeville South High School, Lakeville Area Learning Center and LinK12 Lakeville.

The state has set an ambitious goal for its four-year graduation rates in the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that by 2020 all Minnesota school districts will achieve a graduation rate of 90 percent or greater for all students and at least 85 percent for each group of students.

In addition to tracking four-year graduation rates, the state has begun reporting

graduation rates for the previous seven years to reflect outcomes for students who have individualized education programs that extend beyond four-years. In District 194, the seven-year graduation rate is 95.7 percent, which exceeds the district’s four-year graduation rate and the state’s seven-year graduation rate of 87 percent.

We are proud of the work of our staff who work tirelessly to help prepare all Lakeville Area students for graduation and beyond,” said Lakeville Area Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Emily McDonald. “We remain committed to eliminating barriers and disparities between students and use a variety of measures and teaching methods to determine how we can continue to close the achievement gap in our district.”

According to the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota’s overall high school graduation rate continues to trend upward, as the class of 2017 represents the highest overall graduation rate on record.

“I am so proud of the work our teachers, administrators and communities have done to increase the number of Minnesota students graduating, and to reduce the likelihood that a child’s race or ZIP code will predict their outcome,” said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “Most of all, I’m proud of our students. They are better prepared and are less likely to require remedial education.”

This year, to comply with federal legislation, MDE adjusted the way graduation rates are reported. Students are now identified using one of seven racial/ethnic groups, instead of the previous five groups. Prior year’s graduation data has been recalculated going back to 2012 to ensure year-to-year data is comparable. For more information about graduation data, visit: http://rc.education.state.mn.us/

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