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Minneapolis Public Schools shares updated class of 2023 graduation rates

Minneapolis Public Schools shares updated class of 2023 graduation rates

Due to an initial error in reporting, Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) data for Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is showing a higher than accurate decrease in 4-year high school graduation rate. The decrease of 8.9% from 2022 to 2023 excludes our summer school graduate data. 

After an internal recalculation, our estimate is that the MPS 4-year graduation rate for the class of 2023 is actually 73.6%, a decrease of 3.1% rather than 8.9%. 

The total number of students who graduated from MPS in the Class of 2023 is 1,837, with 145 of those students graduating in the summer. 

Districtwide Information: Class of 2023

Graduation rates remained at 74% for both the class of 2020 and the class of 2021. There was an increase to 77% for the class of 2022. There is a decrease for the class of 2023, both in the MDE data and our recalculated estimate which includes summer graduation data. The class of 2023 experienced multiple shifts in their learning delivery model due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This included shifting to e-learning during their freshman and sophomore years.

All demographic groups saw a decrease in 4-year graduation rates when comparing the class of 2022 to the class of 2023 official MDE data. However, using the recalculated numbers, American Indian students and students with a home language of Somali are the two demographic groups whose 4-year graduation rates remained the same for the class of 2022 and the class of 2023 (MPS recalculated rate). All other demographic groups saw decreases.

Below are the graduation rates for the class of 2022, class of 2023 (official), and class of 2023 (recalculated).

 

Class of 2022 4-Year Graduation Rate

Class of 2023 4-Year Graduation Rate (Official MDE Rate)

Class of 2023 4-Year Graduation Rate (Recalculated Estimate by MPS)

Percentage point difference Class of 2022 to Class of 2023 (MPS estimate)

Race/Ethnicity

       

American Indian

50%

42%

50%

0%

Black

72%

60%

69%

-3%

Asian

87%

82%

85%

-2%

Hispanic

61%

51%

57%

-4%

White

92%

85%

89%

-3%

Pacific Islander

Less than 5 Students

Less than 5 Students

Less than 5 Students

 

Two or more races

78%

70%

72%

-6%

Special Programs

       

Non English Learner

80%

73%

78%

-2%

English Learner

64%

49%

57%

-7%

Non Special Education

82%

72%

78%

-4%

Special Education

52%

46%

50%

-2%

Non Lunch Eligible

90%

86%

88%

-2%

Lunch Eligible

70%

59%

66%

-4%

Homeless or Highly Mobile

51%

41%

50%

-1%

Home Language

       

English

80%

72%

77%

-3%

Hmong

84%

86%

88%

4%

Somali

81%

71%

81%

0%

Spanish

58%

48%

55%

-3%

Other/Unknown

73%

58%

64%

-9%

School Specific Information: Class of 2023

Two of our high schools saw an increase in graduation rates. Edison went from 76% for the class of 2022 to an estimated 79% for the class of 2023. FAIR went from 82% for the class of 2022 to an estimated 90% for the class of 2023. Below are the graduation rates for our comprehensive high schools: 

 

Class of 2022 4-Year Graduation Rate

Class of 2023 4-Year Graduation Rate (Official MDE Rate)

Class of 2023 4-Year Graduation Rate (Recalculated Estimate by MPS)

Percentage point difference Class of 2022 to Class of 2023 (MPS estimate)

Edison

76%

73%

79%

3%

FAIR

82%

84%

90%

8%

Henry

86%

78%

84%

-2%

Henry SWS*

88%

71%

71%

-17%

Heritage

94%

82%

82%

-12%

North/North Academy

73%

68%

68%

-5%

Roosevelt

73%

65%

69%

-4%

Roosevelt SWS*

96%

94%

94%

-2%

South

85%

72%

81%

-4%

Southwest

90%

85%

88%

-1%

Southwest SWS*

77%

79%

79%

1%

Washburn

93%

85%

87%

-6%

*School Within a School (SWS) refers to an alternative learning program, considered its own school in statewide data, that exists within the comprehensive high school and is approved by MDE. The students must meet one or more of the criteria under Minn. Stat. § 124D.68: Graduation Incentives Program.

 

Class of 2022 4-Year Graduation Rate

Class of 2023 4-Year Graduation Rate (Official MDE Rate)

Class of 2023 4-Year Graduation Rate (Recalculated Estimate by MPS)

Percentage point difference Class of 2022 to Class of 2023 (MPS estimate)

MACC

50%

48%

48%

-2%

Wellstone

12%

9%

15%

3%

Wellstone SWS*

44%

52%

65%

21%

Longfellow

0%

19%

19%

19%

Harrison

57%

100%

100%

43%

On Line Learning

58%

47%

75%

16%

Basic-Skills (summer)

89%

0%

0%

-89%

For our Contract Alternative Programs, MERC, Menlo Park, Takoda Prep, and VOA High School all saw increases in their 4-year graduation rates. Below are the graduation rates for our Contract Alternative Program (CAP) sites: 

 

Class of 2022 4-Year Graduation Rate

Class of 2023 4-Year Graduation Rate (Official MDE Rate)

Class of 2023 4-Year Graduation Rate (Recalculated Estimate by MPS)

Percentage point difference Class of 2022 to Class of 2023 (MPS estimate)

MERC

29%

42%

48%

20%

Loring-Nicollet

67%

32%

63%

-4%

PYC

15%

9%

14%

-1%

Menlo Park

18%

15%

23%

5%

Takoda Prep

23%

20%

33%

10%

VOA High School

13%

19%

32%

19%

Center School

20%

11%

11%

-9%

MPS Commitment to Improving Academic Outcomes

MPS remains committed to improving the academic outcomes of our students as expressed in goal 1 of our strategic plan focused on academic achievement. MPS has…

  • made significant investments in academic interventions: $29 million in the current school year to provide targeted support in the areas of math and literacy for all students. This intervention model will continue at Title Sites in the 2024-25 school year.
  • continued investment in Graduation Coaches, specifically in Indian Education, Office of Black Student Achievement and Office of Latine Achievement
  • increased wrap-around service supports for students including more access to mental health services. 
  • launched a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center at North High School to increase student access to high quality career training and certification. We have expanded CTE programming across the district with plans to add career mentorship and more summer credit attainment opportunities next school year. 
  • increased access to the mentoring and engagement intervention Check & Connect, which provides support to students who are experiencing school attendance challenges.
  • proposed adding more English Language teachers to support multilingual students next school year.
  • proposed adding one additional staff person based on need at each of our racially identifiable schools (RIS). Sites have the option of adding a core teacher, family engagement or language development staff. 

Note: Anything listed as “proposed” is still being processed through the budget process. The school board will vote on the budget in June of 2024.