District 833's graduation rates continue to show gains

District 833's graduation rates continue to show gains
Posted on 02/28/2018

South Washington County Schools is pleased to share that its 2017 graduation rate has increased for the 3rd consecutive year.

The Class of 2017 included 1,385 students, 92.4% of which graduated in four years. This percentage remains well above the state average of 82.7%, placing District 833 second among comparable districts for the Class of 2017. District 833 also has the 6th highest four-year graduation rate among the largest districts in the state of Minnesota.

“Our 2017 graduation rates are a result of the continued persistence, patience and dedication of our students, staff and families,” said Brian Boothe, Director of Professional Development and Accountability.

In 2017, East Ridge High School had a graduation rate of 96.6%, Park High School had a 90.9% graduation rate and Woodbury High School had a 96.3% graduation rate.

In 2017, South Washington Alternative High School had a four-year graduation rate of 48.3%, which was higher than the 2016 graduation rate of 33.3%. In addition, 26.7% of students are expected to continue their work towards a diploma, beyond a traditional four year timeline.

Also noteworthy, East Ridge High School and Woodbury High School are in the top 11 across the state for schools with graduating classes above 300 students. East Ridge ranked 6th and Woodbury High School is ranked 11th.

“We are excited for the students and we look forward to seeing what they will do in the future,” Boothe added. “As a system, we work hard to provide opportunities for our students that will prepare them for career and college readiness and, obviously, graduation is a strong indicator of our successes.”

This year the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) changed the way graduation rates and demographic group data are calculated. The changes in calculations are retroactive to data released since 2012. MDE will now identify students using one of seven racial/ethnic groups. These seven groups are defined at the federal level, and replace an earlier set of five racial/ethnic groups. MDE has also changed the method of how dropout students are calculated, which has now altered previous overall graduation rates. The changes means historical data in previous press releases is no longer valid. More information regarding the changes regarding graduation data is available here.

With the changes in data calculations from MDE, District 833's class of 2014 graduation rate was 92.4%, in 2015 it was 90.9% and in 2016 it was 92.3%.

In the district's 2017 graduating class, there were moderate increases in the achievement gap between White and Black/African-American students, Hispanic students, and students identified as Two or More Races.

For more information about the 2017 graduation rates released by MDE is available here.