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High school graduation rates remain stable

Osseo Area Schools continues to perform above the state average in key academic areas, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Education June 10. 

The district’s four-year graduation rate increased three tenths of a percentage point, from 84.1% in 2019 to 84.4% in 2020. This rate has remained stable since 2015. Comparatively, these rates were 0.4% higher than the state average in 2019 and 0.6% higher than the state average in 2020. 

Notably, five of six identified racial groups graduated from Osseo Area Schools at a higher rate in 2020 than they did in 2019. American Indian students had the greatest gain followed by multiracial students. Students receiving free or reduced-price meals and those receiving special education services also had increases.   

“I’m so proud of our 2020 graduates,” said Superintendent Cory McInytre. “Our students have shown great perseverance and a willingness to make change, all while staying focused on the goals they have set and never losing sight of the importance of connection and relationships.”

There is still work to be done to help all students achieve their dreams. This graduation data will be an important factor in next year’s school improvement plans, as well as in the district's ongoing strategic planning. Academic excellence is at the core of much of that work, including closing the achievement gap on all state-mandated measures. 

“Our school board and leadership team remain committed to improving student learning for each and every student in Osseo Area Schools,” said McIntyre. “This year’s graduation rates reinforce and inform our goal of continually working to achieve success for all of our students.”

Four-year graduation rate trends by class

  2019 2020 Change
State 83.7% 83.8% +0.1
District 84.1% 84.4% +0.3
       
Maple Grove Senior 92.9% 94.3% +1.4
Osseo Senior 87.6% 87.3% -0.3
Park Center Senior 81.3% 82.2% +0.9