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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – The four-year graduation rate for students in District 196 high schools was 90 percent in 2017 compared to 82.7 percent statewide, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Education Feb. 27.

Of the 2,089 District 196 seniors included in the state’s 2017 graduation data, 1,879 or 90 percent graduated, defined by the state as completing high school in four years. Of the students who did not graduate, 5.9 percent are continuing school, 2.4 percent dropped out and the graduation status of the remaining 1.7 percent is unknown because they may have moved out of the district.

The state’s goal by 2020 is for school districts to have a graduation rate of at least 90 percent for all students, with no student group below 85 percent graduating in four years. In 2017, District 196 met the state goal for all students, White students and Asian students.

The four-year graduation rates for individual groups of students in 2017 were as follows:

  • 94.8 percent of Asian students in District 196 graduated compared to 85.5 percent statewide;
  • 77.9 percent of Black students in District 196 graduated compared to 64.8 percent statewide;
  • 76.5 percent of Hispanic students in District 196 graduated compared to 66.3 percent statewide;
  • 92.8 percent of White students in District 196 graduated compared to 88.1 percent statewide;
  • 76.9 percent of students who are of two or more races in District 196 graduated compared to 71.1 percent statewide;
  • 71.2 percent of students receiving English Learner services in District 196 graduated compared to 64.7 percent statewide;
  • 65.9 percent of students receiving special education services in District 196 graduated compared to 61.2 percent statewide, and
  • 75.8 percent of students eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals in District 196 graduated compared to 69 percent statewide.

Graduation rates for American Indian/Alaskan Native and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian students were not reported for District 196 because there were fewer than 20 students in each group.

The overall graduation rates for each of the district’s four, four-year high schools in 2017 were as follows: Apple Valley High, 88.2 percent; Eagan High, 94.9 percent; Eastview High, 94.1 percent and Rosemount High, 92.1 percent. The School of Environmental Studies had a graduation rate of 94.1 percent, the Adult Basic Education program was 64.8 percent and the district’s Area Learning Center alternative high school program had a graduation rate of 35.9 percent.

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