Edina continues to boast above average graduation rates

Sean Plemmons
Edina Community Editor
Edina continues to boast above average graduation rates (Sun Current file photo)
Edina continues to boast above average graduation rates (Sun Current file photo)

Edina Public Schools continues to increase its graduation rate among all student groups. The district’s four-year graduation rate remained one of the highest in the state, higher the state average by more than 15 percent.

According to data released by the Minnesota Department of Education, the district’s four-year graduation rate was 97.64 in 2015, more than 1.5 percent higher than 2014 and up around 4 percent since in 2013. The entire state’s graduation rate was 81.9 in 2015, meaning Edina was 16 percent higher than the state average.

According to the Minnesota Department of Education report, which had graduation rates for almost every demographic in the state, the district was able to graduate 96.9 percent of black students, 11 percent higher than 2014 and almost 35 percent higher than the state average of 62 percent.

The large one year increase in the district’s black student graduation rate is another way Edina Public Schools have tried to close the achievement gap among different student demographics. Along the same line, Hispanic student graduation was a little more than 90 percent in 2015, almost 25 percent higher than the state average. But the achievement gap between that of Hispanic and white students was slightly more than 7 percent.

The overall achievement gap between different student subgroups was a little more than 7 percent. The achievement gap includes black, Hispanic, free and reduced lunch, and limited-English learning students, among others. In 2015, the achievement gap fell to less than 1 percent among black students. According to the district’s website, these subgroups have showed a double-digit improvement in the last four years.

Students of color represented 16.6 percent of the Edina High School graduating class in 2015.

It remains to be seen if the addition of 9th-graders to the high school will have an effect on four-year graduation rates when the school will have all district 9-12 graders in fall 2017.

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