Class of 2015 graduation rate data released by the Minnesota Department of Education shows continued improvements in on-time (within four years) graduation rates for Osseo Area Schools students, along with progress in closing the on-time graduation rate gaps among racial/ethnic groups.
- Over the past five years, the district’s overall graduation rate has increased by three percentage points, with 85% of all ISD 279 students graduating on time in 2015, outpacing the state average of 82%.
- The strongest increase in the 2015 data was for American Indian students, whose on-time graduation rate (83%) was more than 30 percentage points higher than the state average, and the highest among all Minnesota districts graduating at least 15 American Indian students.
- There were small increases and record-setting graduation rates for White students, special education students, and females. The on-time graduation rate for Class of 2015 White students was high districtwide (94%) and outpaced the state average of 87%.
All three comprehensive high schools exceeded the state average for on-time graduation in 2015. Individual schools also demonstrated improvements over the past five years:
- Maple Grove Senior High saw improvements in every group measured. The largest gains were for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch, special education and Asian students. Of special note is that 100% of the Hispanic members of the Class of 2015 at Maple Grove Senior High graduated on time.
- Osseo Senior High saw improvements in every group measured over the five-year period. Gains were in the double digits for English Learners, Asian/Pacific Islander students, and those who qualify for free/reduced lunch.
- Park Center’s five-year trend showed improvements in eight of the ten groups measured. On-time graduation rates for Hispanic students increased by 16 percentage points. Park Center graduated the largest number of Black students in the state in 2015 and saw an improvement of nearly 10 percentage points in on-time graduation for Black students over the past five years. Asian/Pacific Islander students and those receiving free or reduced lunch made gains of at least 15 percentage points each.
While celebrating improvements, district administrators also identified areas of concern:
- Hispanic students: The on-time graduation rate declined in 2015, is only slightly above the state average, and over time has been consistently lower than other racial/ethnic groups in the district.
- Black students: On-time graduation rate declined in 2015. While the percentage of students graduating on time is above the state average, this group has been consistently lower than other racial/ethnic groups in the district.
- English Learners: After three years of solid growth, on-time graduation rates declined in 2015 to 11 percentage points lower than the state average.
- Special Education: While there have been year-to-year improvements, the on-time graduation rate remains lower than the state average.
Learn more on the Minnesota Department of Education website.