Graduation rate slips slightly

Lakeville Area Public Schools’ four-year graduation rate remains strong but slipped slightly from 2015 to 2016, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Education released Feb. 23.


The district’s graduation rate for 2016 was 92.52 percent, down from 94.99 percent in 2015, according to the Minnesota Department of Education.


“As a district, we pride ourselves on providing personalized learning that helps every student succeed,” said Superintendent Dr. Lisa Snyder, who noted rates fluctuate from year to year. “We are examining the data and looking into the possible causes.”


The slight drop serves to spur efforts to provide world-class education that helps students succeed in school and beyond, Snyder said.


There can be fluctuations in graduation rates from year to year for any number of reasons, but our graduation rate remains high and speaks to the commitment of our staff and administrators to ensure students are future ready, said Dr. Emily McDonald, executive director of Teaching and Learning.


“We are also committed to eliminating any achievement disparities between students, including in graduation rate. We use a wide variety of measures to determine ways in which we can continually improve how we serve our students. Graduation rate is one of those measures.” McDonald said. Statewide, the four-year graduation rate for all students was 82.2 percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Education. This is up slightly from 81.88 percent in 2015.


“Graduating high school is a crucial step in attaining the dream we all have for success in life,” said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “It is encouraging to see more Minnesota students—especially more of our students of color and American Indian students—reaching this milestone. It’s a promising step for stronger futures.”


“Over the last decade, and particularly in the last five years, Minnesota has seen an increase in graduation rates and a decrease in gaps,” Cassellius said. “This has happened at the same time that we have shifted to more rigorous career- and college-ready standards, and added challenging courses to our graduation requirements. This is precisely the right path we need to stay on.”

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